George Zimmerman is a free man (for now). The man who killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was released from a Florida jail on a $9,000 bond today after yesterday’s arrest. Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, and shoved her out of her house. (You can listen to her 911 call here.)
The judge ordered Zimmerman to say 1,500 feet away from Scheibe at all times and have zero contact with her; relinquish all his firearms (FINALLY); remain in the state of Florida; and wear a monitoring device to track his location. All this comes after Zimmerman was acquitted in Trayvon Martin’s murder and had charges against him dropped by his ex-wife after a domestic violence incident this summer. Today, the prosecutor for this latest case said that last week, Zimmerman allegedly choked his girlfriend and then threatened to commit suicide; she did not report that alleged incident to police.
If you are curious about what George Zimmerman’s story can teach us about domestic abusers, I found this piece on ThinkProgress particularly well-done.
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