The shooting of Trayvon Martin, although having happened over six years ago, now seems like ancient history with so many other unarmed young black men being killed in the intervening years that one need not stretch that far back to be inspired to outrage.
Like many of the subsequent killings, Martin’s murder never resulted in real justice for his assailant, George Zimmerman, who escaped a guilty sentence in his shooting by falling back upon Florida’s dubiously applied “stand your ground” statute.
Since his acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case, Zimmerman has been in and out of trouble with multiple charges of domestic violence and assault being lodged against him. None of those charges resulted in convictions against Zimmerman since the charges were dropped by the victims before legal action could take place.
Now, The Miami Herald is reporting that Zimmerman has been charged with a misdemeanor stalking accusation for threatening and harassing a private investigator.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office did their own investigation of Zimmerman after he stalked Dennis Warren this past December. They referred the results of their probe to the state attorney’s office who released the following statement:
“An evaluation of the evidence against Zimmerman was conducted by experienced prosecutors who determined they reasonably believe the alleged crime of Stalking F.S. 784.048 (2) (M-1) can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt at trial,” the statement said.
The evidence that prosecutor’s office refers to include this threat that Zimmerman sent:
“[The private investigator] is a [expletive] WHO BOTHERED MY UNCLE IN HIS HOME. Local OR former law officer He’s well on his way to the inside of a gator as well. 10-4?”
It also includes Zimmerman’s text of a link to the private investigator that quotes Zimmerman as saying, “I know how to handle people who f#*k with me. I have since February 2012.”
February 2012 is, of course, when Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman was angry at Warren because the P.I. had been hired by a production company to find people to participate in a documentary about Trayvon Martin’s life and the night of his death.
According to The Herald, Zimmerman “phoned Warren directly 21 times, sent 38 text messages and left seven voicemails in two hours, 27 minutes,” more than enough to elicit the stalking charges.
Zimmerman will be arraigned in court at the end of the month. We implore the judge to throw the book at this maniac and give him the punishment he deserves.
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