George Zimmerman, Armed With Gun, Pulled Over for Speeding in Texas

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Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 07:17 PM

By Ken Mandel

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George Zimmerman, apparently on the road to "nowhere," was armed when he was pulled over for speeding Sunday afternoon in Texas, officials announced Wednesday. Neighborhood watch captain Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin on July 13.

Upon being pulled over, Zimmerman alerted the patrolman that he had a gun. The officer told him to put it in his glove compartment, CBS DFW reports.

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He was stopped at 12:47 p.m. local time on Highway 80 near Forney, Texas, about 25 miles south of Dallas. In dashboard camera video on CBS DFW, the officer can be heard asking Zimmerman, "Where you headed?"

Zimmerman, 29, replied, "nowhere in particular." When the officer seems confused, Zimmerman asks if he saw the name on the driver's license.

"What a coincidence," the officer said.

Telling Zimmerman he's going to run a standard warrant check, the officer said, "Just take it easy. Go ahead and shut your glove compartment and don't play with your firearm, OK?"

Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara told ABC News that Zimmerman was spending time away and asked for people to "respect his privacy."

In a brief statement on Twitter, his legal team said, "For his safety, we won't make any comments about Zimmerman's whereabouts, and we will work to protect his privacy." Zimmerman has been the target of death threats even before his acquittal.

Zimmerman has a concealed carry permit in Florida. The gun in the glove box is legal in Texas, and police routinely ask motorists if they have weapons in the car, Brian Brooks, city manager of Forney, Texas, told reporters.

"It wasn't for super-excessive speeds, they just got him on regular speeding," Brooks told Reuters. "It's a pretty routine stop except for the fact that it was George Zimmerman."

This is Zimmerman's second public appearance following the trial. The Seminole County Sherriff's Office said July 18 that Zimmerman was one of two men to help a family who became trapped inside their vehicle after it rolled over on the side of the highway.



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