You would think after being involved in one of the most high profile murder cases of the past decade, it would make sense to keep a low profile and avoid run-ins with the law — unless you’re George Zimmerman.
Barely two months after being found not guilty for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman was spotted flashing smiles at local gun ranges and most recently, being placed in “investigative custody” after his wife Shellie made a 911 call claiming Zimmerman pulled a gun on her and her father during a domestic dispute in Lake Mary, Florida.
This most recent display of “alleged” violent behavior, coupled with the testimony of Dr. Bao, Martin's medical examiner stating that the prosecution team displayed bias against the African American teen and intentionally lost the case, have added new and disturbing details to the Zimmerman saga.
Shortly after his dismissal from the Volusia County medical examiner’s office, Bao and his attorney prepared a $100 million lawsuit against the state of Florida, citing wrongful termination as well as claims of bias from the state attorney's office and Sanford Police Department against Martin.
"He says their general attitude was that he got what he deserved," Attorney Willie Gary said in an interview with WFTV Channel 9. "He was in essence told to zip his lips. 'Shut up. Don't say those things. He says their general attitude was that he got what he deserved.”
While the case remains closed, it has not stopped public discourse to continue around the already controversial decision. Even Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell couldn’t keep away from the conversation. A series of emails between Bracknell and a concerned citizen recently leaked, with Bracknell validating the citizens’ concerns that Zimmerman is a “ticking time bomb” and another “Sandy Hook waiting to happen.”
This exchange comes on the heels of Zimmerman’s most recent brush with the law, in which he was detained after allegedly punching his father-in-law in the nose and threatening to shoot both him and his wife.
"I don't know what he's capable of,” Shellie Zimmerman said to the 911 dispatcher. “I am really, really scared." Zimmerman was eventually released and no charges have been filed, making him a free man once again. However, his wife filed for divorce just over a week ago.
What is even more startling is that despite his legal woes, notoriety, and penchant for violent outbursts, George Zimmerman is still permitted to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Florida, and that may be the biggest story of all.