George Zimmerman was punched in the face over the weekend by a man who took offense at his apparent “bragging” over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in a March 2012 confrontation that occurred when Zimmerman followed the young man on his way home from a convenience store. Although Martin was unarmed, Zimmerman successfully argued that he killed Martin in self defense, as Martin had tackled him and was bashing his head against the ground.
Zimmerman called the police in Sanford, Fla., to report a fight, according to local WFTV news. Zimmerman told police he was explaining to a group of people at a table that he had killed Martin in self defense when a man approached him, saying, “You’re bragging about that?” and then punched him in the face.
But eyewitnesses who spoke with WFTV claim that Zimmerman’s attacker may have been quite justified in thinking he was bragging about the Treyvon Martin death.
“I love your tattoos. My name is George Zimmerman, you know, that guy who killed Trayvon Martin?” Zimmerman said, according to the eyewitnesses. These witnesses say Zimmerman then produced an ID card to prove his identity.
Zimmerman’s attacker was later arrested, and may face charges for the assault.
It’s not the first time Zimmerman has had a violent altercation since he was acquitted of murdering Martin in 2013. In January 2015, Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault after a domestic dispute (the charge was later dropped), and in May 2015, Zimmerman was hurt in a road rage incident,
It’s also not the first time Zimmerman has allegedly taken a boastful attitude about killing Martin. In August 2015, he ridiculed President Barack Obama as an “ignorant baboon,” and when others threatened him, he quipped, “We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me.”
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