How predictable was this? Since George Zimmerman was acquitted of charges connected to the death of Trayvon Martin, he has been involved in three encounters with the police. The latest one includes allegations that he threatened his wife and her father with a gun:
“Lake Mary (FL) police say they were called around 2:30 p.m. to the Sprucewood Road home of Shellie Zimmerman’s parents, David and Machelle Dean. According to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell, Shellie Zimmerman called 911 claiming George Zimmerman had a gun and was making threats.”
Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, recently filed for divorce. While neither party has commented publicly regarding today’s incident, it would not be much of a stretch to entertain the notion that the divorce proceedings and an armed threat might be connected. Zimmerman’s temperament is justifiably questionable after having killed an unarmed teenager in a scuffle that produced a couple of minor scratches, but which Zimmerman characterized as life threatening.
There is, of course, the possibility that this is all a publicity stunt to promote Zimmerman’s new Fox News program “Stand Your Ground.”
When the jury’s verdict was delivered, many observers regarded it as a miscarriage of justice. However, there are probably few fair-minded people who would be surprised that Zimmerman’s post-verdict behavior has been wrought with legal controversy. He got off scot-free after shooting and killing an innocent kid. But that did not change his demeanor or his predilection for violence. This latest incident is a warning that this man is a powder keg, and should be closely monitored and prohibited from carrying a weapon of any kind.