Monday, September 9, 2013

He Was Who We Thought He Was…

Well Well Well! It is being reported today that the killer of Trayvon Martin has been arrested today. In the mists George's brother, Robert, tweeted after his the Z-man's detention that the public shouldn't "jump to conclusions." Wasn’t he the same guy along with his dad saying the same sort of thing leading up to the murder trial?

However, the fact is that CNN and other media outlets are reporting that George Zimmerman was taken into custody Monday after an apparent domestic altercation with his wife and her father at a home in Lake Mary, Florida. Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said,"As of right now, (George Zimmerman) has been placed in investigative detention". I can’t recall a person of color, particularly with his history, being placed in such favorable detention.

The incident comes two months after Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Lake May is a town near Sanford, Florida. Hudson said a gun was found in the Lake Mary home, but he added that it was not a part of the altercation. But clearly the altercation was serious enough for the wife or ex-wife to be to feel threatened by his actions.

In a 911 call released by police according to the Orlando Sentinel: Shellie Zimmerman tells a dispatcher that her husband had "his hand on his gun and he keeps saying step closer." "Step closer and what?" a dispatcher asks."And he's going to shoot us," Shellie Zimmerman replies. Shellie Zimmerman says her husband punched her father, leaving a mark on his face. 911 Dispatch Call 
Hudson said, "Anytime we have anybody suspected of doing anything, we place them in investigative detention until a complete investigation has been done.”

Let’s recap:
  1. Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce last week in Seminole County.
  2. That filing came after she pleaded guilty to perjury on August 28 for lying about the state of the couple's finances during a bond hearing in April 2012. She had claimed she and her husband were broke, when in reality they had collected about $135,000 in donations.
  3. George Zimmerman was acquittal of the charges of Second Degree Murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin on July 13.
  4. In late July, he reportedly helped a family escape from an overturned SUV. A report from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office confirmed his involvement, which later reports say was untrue.
  5. Zimmerman was given a verbal warning for a traffic violation in Texas and reportedly told officers he had a firearm in his glove compartment.
  6. Last week in Florida he was issued a $256 ticket for speeding.
  7. There are reports that he has been arrested for assaulting a law enforcement officer in the past.
  8. There are reports that a former girl friend obtained a Restraining Order for a violent act.
Although George Zimmerman was acquitted two months ago for killing Trayvon Martin, his soon to be ex-wife is getting $4,300 a month in living expenses out of the funds raised for Zimmerman’s defense.

TMZ reports that Shellie Zimmerman separated from her husband August 13 and is collecting the monthly payment from the Zimmerman Legal Defense Fund in the divorce settlement. The solicitation on PayPal states the fund is to be used “for George Zimmerman’s ongoing living expenses, legal costs, and fees for this matter.” George Zimmerman’s official legal defense website says, “Currently George and Shellie are renting a secure residence at a reasonable rate. Their day-to-day living expenses are relatively modest as they want to preserve as many funds as possible for an aggressive defense.”

So theoretically, as of now, Shellie is making a $51,600 a year just for being George Zimmerman’s ex-wife. Not a bad gig or a nice hustle. This guy just might be “who we thought he was” and with the above mentioned; it says one or two things. It speaks to “privilege” or “color”.  Either way, as the Bible says “You Reap What You Sow”. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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