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An armed George Zimmerman stopped for speeding in Texas, gets warning

July 31, 2013|By Michael Muskal

An armed George Zimmerman, acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over by police in Forney, Texas, three days ago and given a warning for speeding and released, according to media reports.

TMZ, the entertainment news website, and CBS11 in Dallas-Fort Worth both reported Wednesday that Zimmerman was pulled over just before 1 p.m. on July 28 while traveling westbound on Highway 80. The television station also tweeted a copy of the incident report.

Forney city and police officials said they could not discuss the incident. A spokesman for Mark O’Mara, the lead attorney on the Zimmerman defense team, said there would likely be a comment later in the day.

According to the media reports, Zimmerman was driving a Honda pickup when he was stopped. Zimmerman, 29, told police he was armed and was told to put the weapon in the glove compartment, which he did. After checking that there were no other criminal issues, the officer released Zimmerman with a warning.

Zimmerman asked the officer if he recognized him from television, and the officer said he did not.

Zimmerman also told police he was headed “nowhere in particular.” At the end of the encounter, which lasted less than five minutes, the unidentified officer said: “Have a safe trip.”

The incident was captured on the officer’s dash-cam.

On July 13, Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in connection with the shooting of Martin, an unarmed African American teenager on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman had argued that he shot Martin in self-defense when the youth suddenly attacked him.

The confrontation and the trial became a cause for civil rights advocates, who said Zimmerman profiled Martin.

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