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Zimmerman helped 4 out of wrecked SUV, officials say

By Kyle Hightower

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 11:41 a.m. HST, Jul 22, 2013


ORLANDO, Fla. » George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, officials said today.

Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement that deputies responding to the wreck in Sanford — the Orlando suburb where Martin was shot — found Zimmerman and another man had already helped a couple and their two children out of the flipped SUV. They were not hurt.

The sheriff's office statement said Zimmerman spoke with a deputy at the scene and then left. He did not see the crash happen.

This is believed to be the first time Zimmerman has been seen publicly since his acquittal on a second-degree murder charge in the 17-year-old Martin's February 2012 death. Zimmerman's parents and his attorneys have said in interviews since the verdict that they fear for his safety because of those who may not agree with it.

A message left at the office of Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara was not immediately returned today.

The acquittal prompted rallies nationwide in the days afterward calling for a civil rights probe and federal charges against Zimmerman.

It also led to a sit-in at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office demanding that legislators repeal the state's stand-your-ground self-defense law. The law, passed in 2005, generally eliminated a person's duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat. At least 21 states have a self-defense law similar to that in Florida.

Martin's shooting also started debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. Protesters nationwide lashed out against police in Sanford, as it took 44 days for Zimmerman to be arrested. Many, including Martin's parents, said Zimmerman had racially profiled the unarmed black teen. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

Six anonymous female jurors considered nearly three weeks of often wildly conflicting testimony over who was the aggressor on the rainy night Martin was shot while walking through the gated townhouse community where he was staying and where Zimmerman lived.







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allie wrote:
he needs to redeem his life
on July 22,2013 | 10:37AM
Pacej001 wrote:
From what?
on July 22,2013 | 12:17PM
RichardCory wrote:
From his lawful exercise of self defense. The knave!
on July 22,2013 | 06:39PM
st1d wrote:
typical of zimmerman. always helping someone. tutoring, rescuing. so different from someone constantly complaining of others.
on July 22,2013 | 10:42AM
kahu808 wrote:
The circumstances does not qualify this incident as a rescue. Nice to see he was concerned enough to stop.
on July 22,2013 | 11:26AM
st1d wrote:
funny thing about people's perception. little things that happen to them are somehow inflated to major events, while major incidents that happen to others seem to be minor, petty things.

when you are in an overturned vehicle it's a major incident. when someone stops to help you out of it, it's a rescue. perhaps a little rescue, but still a rescue.

he is blessed by his acts of kindness and cursed by people who care little about the man he is.


on July 22,2013 | 01:38PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Those protesting the Florida stand-your-ground law may get what they want but may regret it. From what I've heard, the overwhelming majority of people who have benefited from this law are African-Americans. Do you think they'll protest if a black person is convicted because the law was not there? This is typically what happens when people over react and shoot from the hip as oppose to carefully taking the time to understand the issues and come up with reasonable solutions.
on July 22,2013 | 10:52AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Nonsense.
on July 22,2013 | 11:47AM
allie wrote:
33% of those who appealed to "stand your ground" were black. Florida percentage of blacks in population: 11%. Do da math.
on July 22,2013 | 12:14PM
Pacej001 wrote:
News reports are that blacks in Fla. have used SYG laws successfully at a slightly higher rate than whites.
on July 22,2013 | 12:18PM
allie wrote:
some truth in what you say.
on July 22,2013 | 12:13PM
DownSpout wrote:
STAND YOUR GROUND was not used at all in the trial as part of Zimmerman's defense. And so, raising it as an issue now as related to Trayvon Martin's death is just PlLAIN BALONEY.
on July 22,2013 | 11:55AM
Grimbold wrote:
The race mongers pull everything by its hair. The stand your groung law has absolutely nothing to do with this case. How can the media always rehash this nonsense?
on July 22,2013 | 07:14PM
Kahaluuman wrote:
Were the people that he helped African American?
on July 22,2013 | 12:23PM
ryan02 wrote:
If Martin had a gun, he would have been perfectly justified in shooting Zimmerman dead. That's the irony of the law. Even though Zimmerman didn't do anything illegal (according to his acquittal), Martin still would have been protecting his own life, and therefore would have been justified in killing Zimmerman. So either way, some innocent man ends up dead. That's the outcome of these types of laws. Martin was walking around wearing a hoodie. Zimmerman followed a guy he thought looked suspicious while on neighborhood watch. A misunderstanding, yet one of them would end up dead. Over a misunderstanding. How is that just?
on July 22,2013 | 01:18PM
copperwire9 wrote:
great comment.
on July 22,2013 | 05:35PM
RichardCory wrote:
Great comment, except for the fact that the injuries to Zimmerman's head weren't just a "misunderstanding." He was actually the victim of physical violence.
on July 22,2013 | 06:42PM
ryan02 wrote:
If Martin had a gun, he would have been perfectly justified in shooting Zimmerman dead. That's the irony of the law. Even though Zimmerman didn't do anything illegal (according to his acquittal), Martin still would have been protecting his own life, and therefore would have been justified in killing Zimmerman. So either way, some innocent man ends up dead. That's the outcome of these types of laws. Martin was walking at night. Zimmerman followed a guy he thought looked suspicious while on neighborhood watch. A misunderstanding, yet one of them would end up dead. Over a misunderstanding. How is that just?
on July 22,2013 | 01:18PM
st1d wrote:
you conveniently skip over the part where martin evaded and hid from zimmerman, circled back on zimmerman, attacked zimmerman first, threw zimmerman to the ground, jumped on top of zimmerman, punched zimmerman repeatedly breaking zimmeman's nose and smashed zimmerman's head into the concrete sidewalk.
on July 22,2013 | 01:44PM
hanalei395 wrote:
So says Zimmerman. (One guy is a liar. And the other guy is dead).
on July 22,2013 | 02:24PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Actually, Zimmerman never testified.
on July 22,2013 | 03:02PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Via his mouthpiece ...his lawyer.
on July 22,2013 | 03:43PM
false wrote:
Exactly but how did it not come out in trial that Zimmerman made it all up?
on July 22,2013 | 05:29PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Where I got this from ..."One is a liar, and the other is dead". It was said by one of the prosecutors.
on July 22,2013 | 06:29PM
st1d wrote:
the same prosecutors who withheld critical evidence from the defense, who railroaded this case into court without sufficient evidence or cause, who may be facing judicial discipline themselves for their conduct in prosecuting this case? those prosecutors? talk about confirmation bias.
on July 22,2013 | 08:42PM
robinfields24 wrote:
Ironically, what you just described was Trayvon Martin "Standing His Ground" after being followed and chased by a stranger. Apparently the 'S-Y-G' law only applies to those who use deadly force (i.e - a gun).
on July 22,2013 | 04:10PM
joshislost wrote:
i wonder if trayvon simply said my family lives here he would have still been "harassed"
on July 22,2013 | 06:46PM
false wrote:
Zimmermzn was wannabe. Now he's trying to reinvent himself.
on July 22,2013 | 07:23PM
joshislost wrote:
regardless of being a wannabe. if zimmerman announced himself as local security why didnt the boy just answer that he lived in the area. maybe he was still stoned from all that thc in his system
on July 23,2013 | 05:42AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Very good Zimmerman. Now, get back to hiding. (For the rest of your life).
on July 22,2013 | 02:27PM
Grimbold wrote:
This is plainly terrorizing an innocent citizen.
on July 22,2013 | 07:15PM
hanalei395 wrote:
This "innocent citizen" became a terrorist when he IGNORED the 911 dispatcher.
on July 22,2013 | 07:27PM
joshislost wrote:
if zimmerman was black no one would have cared.
on July 22,2013 | 06:23PM
st1d wrote:
they are not making a fuss about michael madison, that's for sure. wonder when obama will come out to claim him as a could've-been-me or looking-like-me sons.
on July 22,2013 | 08:54PM
joshislost wrote:
yup cause hes black.
on July 23,2013 | 05:44AM
AndrewWalden wrote:
Meanwhile, here is some video of Trayvon Martin protesters attacking random people who are ... uh ... driving SUVs ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GePDWeFYmps
on July 22,2013 | 06:28PM
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