George Zimmerman was pulled over in TX for speeding, with a gun in the car
George Zimmerman, recently acquitted of second degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in Forney, Texas, but he didn’t get a ticket.
TMZ first reported the incident on Wednesday, and theGrio confirmed the facts in TMZ’s report with Forney, Texas City Manager Brian M. Brooks.
TheGrio confirmed with Brooks that Zimmerman was pulled over for speeding on Sunday, and informed the police officer he had a gun in the glove compartment of his car. Texas has “reciprocity” laws allowing those with legal concealed carry permits in other states to carry concealed firearms in Texas.
He was released with a warning, after the officer confirmed he had no warrants. According to TMZ, the cops even told Zimmerman, “have a nice trip.”
NBC News obtained the dash cam video from the traffic stop late Wednesday. On it, the officer can be heard saying, “well isn’t that a coincidence,” after asking for Zimmerman’s license and registration, as he apparently realizes who he has pulled over. Zimmerman does not exit the truck he’s driving.
WATCH the dash-cam video of the Zimmerman traffic stop
Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lead defense attorney in the Trayvon Martin shooting trial, released a statement through the Zimmerman legal defense website saying, “For his safety, we won’t make any comments about #Zimmerman’s whereabouts, and we will work to protect his privacy.”
Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martini in February 2012. Protests erupted in Sanford, Florida and across the country after police declined to arrest Zimmerman, who was eventually charged with second degree murder by a special prosecutor.
He claimed self-defense, saying Martin attacked him after he spotted and trailed the teen, as he called the Sanford, Florida non-emergency police line.
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