George Zimmerman, who secured short term infamy when he was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin in July, has been caught speeding in Florida according to local news outlets. The spokesman for the police department responsible for the speeding ticket was aware of the media aura around Zimmerman, saying “George Zimmerman is kind of like the Loch Ness Monster — anytime you get a glimpse of him, it’s making international news.”
USA Today reported earlier that Zimmerman was given a $256 ticket for traveling at 60 miles an hour in a 45 miles per hour zone. Back in July Zimmerman was caught by police in Texas for speeding, but he was let off with a warning. Under Florida’s license points system, Zimmerman will see three points added to his license unless he takes driver improvement courses online.
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George Zimmerman speeding
Zimmerman was pulled over at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday in a gray Honda Ridgeline on Rinehart Road in a city just south of Sanford, Florida. Sanford is the city in which the shooting of Trayon Martin took place.
This speeding incident, as well as the incident that took place in Texas, was documented on police cameras. Zimmerman made no excuse for his speed, and accepted the ticket without protest from the police officer involved.
Trayvon Martin Case
Trayvon Martin was a Floridian teenager that George Zimmerman shot dead in February of last year. The case garnered huge national attention because of its mix of racial politics, gun control themes, self defense laws, and the attention of President Obama, among other things.
Zimmerman was acquitted by a jury of manslaughter and murder in the second degree back in July. Florida has a controversial “stand your ground” law which allows the use of a wide range of force by people under threat, and does not oblige them to retreat in the face of force. The heated nature of discourse surrounding the Trayvon Martin Case has made George Zimmerman a faux-celebrity, leading to the USA Today report on a speeding ticket.