Skip to comments.George Zimmerman pulled over for speeding, media deeply interested for some reason
Posted on 07/31/2013 9:49:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
TMZ broke the story (STILL PACKING HEAT) and now its been picked up by, among others, CBS, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Times, and even Britains Daily Mail.
Why is this news?
Zimmerman told the officer that he had a weapon in his glove compartment and was going nowhere in particular, said Brian Brooks, city manager of Forney, Texas, about 25 miles southeast of Dallas, where Zimmerman was stopped.
The gun in the glove box is legal in Texas, and police routinely ask motorists if they have weapons in the car, Brooks said. He said the entire stop lasted less than five minutes.
It wasnt for super-excessive speeds, they just got him on regular speeding, Brooks said. Its a pretty routine stop except for the fact that it was George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman, 29, who is white and Hispanic, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter on July 13 in Florida after a racially charged trial in the shooting of Martin in February 2012. Thousands of people demonstrated across the United States after the verdict.
Not even a story about a routine traffic stop, where he wasnt so much as ticketed, can be spared the eternal white Hispanic mention. The news here, I guess, is that Zimmermans got himself a new gun and is riding around with it. (TMZs lede: George Zimmerman is still armed and theoretically dangerous.) Why anyone would be surprised that a guy facing thousands of death threats is carrying is unclear. But I guess if, like Piers Morgan, youre intent on believing for your own political reasons that Zimmerman is a murderer despite what Florida cops, a Florida jury, and the vast bulk of the evidence say, then yeah, obviously youll be pretend-concerned to be reminded that hes out there, just waiting to trick an unsuspecting teen into bashing his head against the sidewalk as a pretext to shooting him. Or maybe Im giving them too much credit. Maybe this is just the media equivalent of a BOLO, to remind Zimmerman that no matter where he goes, his whereabouts will be publicized. If they cant get him on a murder charge, they can at least make sure he sleeps with one eye open. TMZ was even nice enough to post the dashboard-cam photo of Zimmermans truck and to note that he was traveling without a disguise. Better not turn the lights out tonight, murderer.
Heres the real news: Why is a guy whose life is in danger driving around by himself, without any attempt to conceal his identity, heading nowhere in particular? And why would he do something as stupid as speeding, knowing that even the most minor legal infraction might reveal his whereabouts? (I dont know why the cops in Texas decided to alert the media about a traffic stop that didnt result in even a fine, but you can guess the motives in leaking.) I can understand him not wanting to hole up round-the-clock in a safe house like a trapped rat, but thats mighty foolish given his notoriety. At least bring someone with you if youre going out.
In other Zimmerman news, the Smithsonian Institution is hoping to racialize this case, which even the Martin familys own lawyer said wasnt about race,for posterity. The Teachable Moment will be taught, whether the facts support it or not.
Tried for murder.....unimaginable.
I'd lie my a** off, too. No one's business how much money I have.
About the same time they stop explicitly naming SUVs as the culprits in highway accidents.
It was. My cousin’s husband saw him at an Academy Sports store in the same area.
Nah....Zer0 beez a "Black Crazy Ass Cracker"
Shoulda got his autograph.
West of I-35 maybe.
I was going to comment on that. I was an LEO for many years and without any real suspicion never asked one person I stopped if they had a gun. I just always assumed everyone did and did my business. Of course small city cops are sometimes a bit different.
This is not unusual for Forney, Tx. They make a lot of speed stops on US 80 in Forney. They usually use 7 mph over posted limit.
Lot of others have been ticketed or given warnings, but never made the news for getting a ticket.
I’m glad he’s out there driving and is not hiding out in some dark secure basement.
What comes to mind is the last scene of “Six feet under” when the daughter gets into her car and just drives away...leaving the past behind and looking towards a new future. That’s how I see Mr Zimmerman now.
I pray for him and his family. They appear to be very decent folks.
That’s good evidence, I think.
Driving While White Hispanic