George Zimmerman Arrested For Aggravated Assault With Weapon

George Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault with a weapon in a domestic violence case in Florida late Friday night.

Zimmerman, 31, is the man who was acquitted in 2013 of second-degree murder for shooting the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin to death. The case was one of the first to spark an ongoing national conversation about race relations. It has been followed with no indictment verdicts for police officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo. Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown and Pantaleo used a chokehold move that resulted in the death of the unarmed black man Eric Garner.

George Zimmerman was arrested by Florida’s Seminole County Sheriff’s Office around 10 p.m. He was detained in Lake Mary, near Orlando, and denied bail.

Zimmerman was scheduled to appear in court 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Since the acquittal after shooting Martin, Zimmerman has had three other encounters with local police.

George Zimmerman’s estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, called 911 in September 2013 after claiming he punched Shellie’s father in the face and threatened her with a gun. Shellie later said he was unarmed. The incident happened days after she filed divorce papers. She did not press charges because of a lack of evidence.

Two months later, Zimmerman was arrested and accused of domestic violence by his girlfriend Samantha Scheibe. He was charged with aggravated assault, battery, and criminal mischief after he pointed a gun at Scheibe’s face, smashed her coffee table, and pushed her out of the house they shared during an argument. She later insisted that investigators misinterpreted what she said and she dropped charges.

Zimmerman was also involved in a case of road rage in September 2014 and reportedly threatened to kill another driver. He has been pulled over three times for traffic violations since the 2013 acquittal.

After George Zimmerman was arrested on Friday, this has been his third reported encounter of violence against women.

[Photo Credit: Zennie Abraham]