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George Zimmerman pulled over for speeding, media deeply interested for some reason
Hot Air ^ | July 31, 2013 | Allahpundit

Posted on 07/31/2013 9:49:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

TMZ broke the story (“STILL PACKING HEAT”) and now it’s been picked up by, among others, CBS, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Times, and even Britain’s 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 wasn’t for super-excessive speeds, they just got him on regular speeding,” Brooks said. “It’s 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 wasn’t so much as ticketed, can be spared the eternal “white Hispanic” mention. The “news” here, I guess, is that Zimmerman’s got himself a new gun and is riding around with it. (TMZ’s 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, you’re 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 you’ll be pretend-concerned to be reminded that he’s out there, just waiting to trick an unsuspecting teen into bashing his head against the sidewalk as a pretext to shooting him. Or maybe I’m 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 can’t 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 Zimmerman’s truck and to note that he was traveling without a disguise. Better not turn the lights out tonight, murderer.

Here’s 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 don’t know why the cops in Texas decided to alert the media about a traffic stop that didn’t 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 that’s mighty foolish given his notoriety. At least bring someone with you if you’re going out.

In other Zimmerman news, the Smithsonian Institution is hoping to racialize this case, which even the Martin family’s own lawyer said wasn’t about race,for posterity. The Teachable Moment will be taught, whether the facts support it or not.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: msm; texas; trayvon; zimmerman
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To: Uncle Chip
Extenuating circumstances and no knowledge of the future.....

Tried for murder.....unimaginable.

I'd lie my a** off, too. No one's business how much money I have.

41 posted on 08/01/2013 5:57:56 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: M Kehoe
When is the media going to stop this nonsense?

About the same time they stop explicitly naming SUVs as the culprits in highway accidents.

42 posted on 08/01/2013 6:05:09 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: savedbygrace

It was. My cousin’s husband saw him at an Academy Sports store in the same area.

43 posted on 08/01/2013 6:09:39 AM PDT by al_c (
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To: M-cubed
Obama, 51, who is white and African American... or a negro white man...

Nah....Zer0 beez a "Black Crazy Ass Cracker"

...and you can take the term "ass cracker" any way you see fit

44 posted on 08/01/2013 6:22:56 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: al_c

Shoulda got his autograph.


45 posted on 08/01/2013 6:23:07 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: flaglady47

West of I-35 maybe.

46 posted on 08/01/2013 6:35:12 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: DrewsMum

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.

47 posted on 08/01/2013 6:37:30 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.

48 posted on 08/01/2013 6:45:52 AM PDT by Chief901 ("Peace is that brief glorious moment when everybody stands around reloading".)
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To: toolman1401

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.

49 posted on 08/01/2013 9:25:36 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: al_c

That’s good evidence, I think.

50 posted on 08/01/2013 2:00:33 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Driving While White Hispanic

51 posted on 08/01/2013 2:07:59 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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