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Video shows George Zimmerman stopped for speeding in Texas

By Norman Merchant

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:12 p.m. HST, Jul 31, 2013

FORNEY, Texas >> George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who was cleared of all charges in the Florida shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, was stopped for speeding on a highway near Dallas, officials said today.

Forney police stopped Zimmerman on Sunday as he drove west on U.S. 80, about 20 miles east of Dallas. A police dashcam video released today shows an officer interacting with Zimmerman after pulling him over.

The officer, who was not identified, asks Zimmerman, "Where you headed this weekend?"

After an unintelligible response, the officer asks, "Nowhere in particular? Why you say that?"

"You didn't see my name?" Zimmerman replies.

"Nuh-uh," the officer says.

"What a coincidence!" the officer adds. "Are you clear of warrants and stuff?"

"Absolutely sir," Zimmerman says.

Zimmerman then says something else unintelligible and the officer responds, "Calm down man, you're good."

The officer then tells him, "I'm going to go back (to check his license), and why don't you slow down a little bit for me. We'll let you off with a warning."

After an unintelligible response from Zimmerman, the officer says, "Just take it easy. Go ahead and shut your glove compartment. Don't play with your firearm."

Although the officer's comments indicated Zimmerman had a gun, a weapon can't be seen and it's not clear from the video that he did. The gun used in Martin's shooting remains in the custody of the federal government, which is looking into a possible civil rights case.

After returning Zimmerman's license, the officer says, "All right, sir. Slow down." He wishes Zimmerman a safe trip.

The traffic stop was first reported by TMZ.

Police records do not show how fast Zimmerman was driving, City Manager Brian Brooks said. Police handled Zimmerman as they would have any other motorist in a comparable situation and gave him no special treatment, Brooks said.

The city manager repeatedly declined to identify the officer involved in the traffic stop.

"He obviously didn't expect to pull over George Zimmerman. I don't think he wants the notoriety," Brooks said.

Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for Zimmerman's legal team, said the attorneys had not been able to confirm the account of Zimmerman's road stop independently, but he said he had no reason not to believe the report.

"Anytime his life intersects with anyone now, somehow that's news," Vincent said. "How many people, when they get a warning, become a national headline?"

Vincent would not discuss what Zimmerman was doing in Texas or say anything about Zimmerman's current location, citing safety concerns.

Zimmerman's acquittal on July 13 prompted rallies nationwide calling for a civil rights probe and federal charges against him.

Last year's shooting of Martin, an unarmed black teen, initiated a national dialogue about equal justice, racial profiling, gun control and self-defense laws.

Protesters nationwide lashed out against police in Sanford, Fla., as it took 44 days for Zimmerman to be arrested. Many, including Martin's parents, said Zimmerman had racially profiled the 17-year-old. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

The only other time Zimmerman has been seen in public since his acquittal was when he helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle following a roadway accident in suburban Orlando.



Associated Press writer Michael Schneider contributed to this report from Orlando, Fla.

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HD36 wrote:
90% of white's are killed by other white's. Same with blacks.
on July 31,2013 | 02:44PM
kailua000 wrote:
zimmerman is not white. He is Hispanic and in an interview said he has always identified with Hispanics. His mother is quite dark skinned hispanic. But then again, he is half white, but what I dont understand is MSNBC calls him an White Hispanic, but our president is not a White-African American or White-Black and he's referred to as our first Black president, not our first White-Black or Mixed Race president. The reference is only used to anger people.
on July 31,2013 | 05:08PM
Did George show his "wanna-be-cop" badge?
on July 31,2013 | 04:02PM
cojef wrote:
Wonder what George is doing in Teaxas, pretty far from Florida, I'd say.
on July 31,2013 | 04:04PM
Mei mei wrote:
maybe he was in a hurry to get back... thats why he was speeding... he was trying to get back to his neighbor hood watch duties ~
on July 31,2013 | 05:00PM
kailua000 wrote:
on July 31,2013 | 05:05PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
He's hiding in Texas homies.
on July 31,2013 | 05:40PM
kailua000 wrote:
on July 31,2013 | 05:05PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
That's Arizona, not Texas. They like Hispanics in Texas.
on July 31,2013 | 05:41PM
sjean wrote:
If he was pulled over in Arizona he would have been deported for lack of proof of citizenship.
on July 31,2013 | 05:40PM
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