Perhaps no single event has had more bearing on Stand Your Ground laws than the death of Trayvon Martin. Portrayed by the media as a sweet, innocent kid who was brutally attacked for no reason by a racist, George Zimmerman, Martin’s death launched the whole Black Lives Matter movement. Zimmerman was arrested and put through hell, only for the jury to see the truth; Martin assaulted Zimmerman, smashing his head into the concrete sidewalk until Zimmerman fired his weapon.
For many of us, however, Zimmerman may have been justified in shooting, but he’s never been a good example of self-defense. For example, he was instructed by the 9-1-1 operator to remain in his vehicle, which was sound advice. Instead, he decided to follow Martin which led to the assault.
Still, Zimmerman was defending himself, even if he didn’t make the best decisions leading up to that moment.
Now, Zimmerman’s seeming lack of impulse control has landed him in some hot water that he may not be able to get out of. This time, he’s been accused of stalking.
Fifty-five calls, 67 text messages, 36 voicemails and 27 emails in just nine days. That’s what to expect from George Zimmerman if you get on his bad side, according to a Seminole County sheriff’s report obtained by Oxygen.com.
Zimmerman, who was cleared of murder charges for the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, now faces a misdemeanor stalking charge for allegedly harassing and threatening Dennis Albert Warren, a private investigator, in Seminole County, Florida.
Warren told police he initially contacted Zimmerman in September 2017 to ask if he would participate in a TV documentary about Martin’s death. The film, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” is executive produced by Jay-Z and will air in July.
Zimmerman became incensed, apparently because Warren had visited Zimmerman’s uncle in his home.
“He’s well on his way to the inside of a gator as well. 10-4?” Zimmerman texted to one of the film’s producers in reference to Warren, according to the sheriff’s report.
The harassment escalated over a series of vulgar messages in December, according to the complaint. In one message, Zimmerman sent Warren a story from theblast.com that quoted Zimmerman saying, “I know how to handle people who f— with me, I have since February of 2012.” That’s the month he shot and killed Martin, an unarmed black teenager.
Zimmerman also sent Warren messages including, “I’ll show up at your home you F—ING P—Y” and “Anyone who f—s with my parents will be fed to an alligator,” the complaint says.
Yeah, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this isn’t a good look for Zimmerman. You see, threatening to feed people to alligators is called a “terroristic threat” in many places. It’s also grounds for something called “premeditation” should Zimmerman shoot the individual in question.
Look, while I’m critical of Zimmerman’s actions in 2012, I don’t actually harbor any ill will toward the guy. His use of force in protecting his life was justified regardless, and I’ve said as much more than once. But this? This is ridiculous.
I get why he wouldn’t want to be interviewed for a documentary being produced by Jay-Z. There’s little reason to think it’ll be remotely neutral in presenting what happened. Why take part in something that is ultimately going to portray your act of self-defense as the act of a racist monster? No one blames him for not taking part in that.
Where Zimmerman crossed the line is with these threatening and harassing phone calls and texts to this person. A simple “no” and that’s it, not dozens of calls in just under a week and a half.
Pro tip: Don’t do that.