George Zimmerman is back in the news and now faces a misdemeanor charge of allegedly stalking a private investigator. Court records report that Zimmerman, acquitted of fatally shooting teenager Trayvon Martin in 2013, was issued a summons and will be arraigned on May 30, The Hill reports.
Deputies at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office report that he phoned the investigator, Dennis Warren, 55 times, leaving 36 voicemails, 67 texts and sending 27 emails during a nine-day, ClickOrlando reports.
Warren, hired by the production company The Cinemart, which produced a documentary on Martin’s life, came into contact with Zimmerman in September, according to a court affidavit.
The investigator left a voice message for him on September 21, saying that a producer would like to ask him about being included in the documentary, according to the affidavit, which also reported that Warren only contacted Zimmerman on that one occasion.
Then a producer for the documentary contacted Warren on December 13, telling him that Zimmerman was allegedly threatening the producer and Warren because he was apparently upset that they had approached family members, asking them to appear in the film.
“Dennis is a (expletive) who bothered my uncle in his home. Local or former law officer, he’s well on his way to the inside of a gator as well. 10-4?” Zimmerman wrote in a text to the producer, according to the report.
And that wasn’t the end of the situation, law enforcement officials say. Over a two-hour period on December 16, Warren received 21 phone calls, 38 text messages, and seven voicemails the report said.
The nastiness included such messages as:
“Answer your phone (expletive),” and “I’ll see you before you realize it.”
So a deputy met that very same day with Warren, advising him to message Zimmerman and tell him to stop.
That went about as well as could be expected, with Zimmerman responding:
“No!” and “Text me again. I’ll show up at your home you (expletive),” the report stated.
Zimmerman is also accused of sending Warren an article in which he was interviewed by TheBlast.com. Where he’s quoted as saying things like:
“I know how to handle people who (expletive) with me, I have since February of 2012,” and “Anyone who (expletive) with my parents will be fed to an alligator.”
That George. He’s such a card, isn’t he?
And he didn’t stop. He kept up so much harassment that Warren’s voicemail inbox filled up, deputies say.
He didn’t stop there either.
When a sergeant who’s had dealings in the past with Zimmerman called him on January 3 to discuss the allegations, he wound up calling her a “whore” and other uncomplimentary names.
“What are you calling me for you (expletive) whore?” he asked, according to the affidavit.
Zimmerman gained notoriety in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager who was carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea on February 26, 2012, when he encountered Zimmerman, Yahoo.com reports. Zimmerman, then a self-appointed neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida, where the incident occurred, followed Martin, and that resulted in a scuffle in which Zimmerman shot and killed Martin and then claimed self-defense.
Martin’s death and the resulting trial in which Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder sparked a firestorm of nationwide protests and re-shaped the national consciousness on gun violence and civil rights.
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, a six-part documentary about Trayvon Martin and how his death has affected the U.S. is set to debut this summer.
As for Zimmerman, who has been arrested numerous times — before and after Martin’s death, as TheBlotMagazine points out, perhaps he’ll disappear from the national consciousness someday. But he’s like the gum on the bottom of our shoes.
And this country needs gum remover.
The video below provides a bit more information on the situation:
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