The Seminole County Sherriff’s Office told the Sentinel that the incident happened at a Sanford, Fla., restaurant. Zimmerman walked to a table to compliment a man on his Confederate flag tattoos. The tattooed man, Joseph Whitmer, thanked him. He recognized Zimmerman, who pulled out his ID to prove his identity.
That’s when another man who overheard the conversation approached Zimmerman and asked, “You’re bragging about that?”
The police report states that Zimmerman said he wasn’t bragging, but the man, who has been identified only as Eddie, told him, “You better get the [expletive] out of here.”
Instead of leaving, Zimmerman went back to his own table, where he was eating with friends. Eddie approached Zimmerman and punched him in the face. The restaurant’s staff broke up the fight.
After the scuffle, Zimmerman placed a 911 call, urging the dispatcher to send the police quickly because he feared for his life. WFTV obtained and posted the raw audio of his call.
“This man just punched me in the face,” he told the dispatcher. “He said he’s gonna kill me. You need to send like three or four cops, I don’t know.”
In 2012, Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, an unarmed Black teenager, who was walking home after purchasing a package of Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea in Sanford. A Florida jury acquitted him one year later, which set off widespread protests.
Since then, Zimmerman has been in a number of incidents. The Washington Post published a rundown.
It appears that Zimmerman is willing do anything to remain in the news. Do you agree? Let us know in comments.
#FightingForTrayvon: Images of Nationwide Protests
1. Protestors converge on Union Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York. (Photo: AP)1 of 16
2. A BART police vehicle is vandalized during a protest after George Zimmerman in Oakland, Calif. (Photo: AP)2 of 16
3. Workers board up windows at Flora restaurant in downtown Oakland, Calif., early Sunday, July 14, 2013, following protests. (Photo: AP)3 of 16
4. Demonstrators march through the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan in New York, Sunday, July 14, 2013. (Photo: AP)4 of 16
5. A window is smashed at a Chase Bank in Oakland, Calif. (Photo: AP)5 of 16
6. Demonstrators converge on Union Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman. (Photo: AP)6 of 16
7. People gather Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C., to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman. (Photo: AP)7 of 16
8. Protesters make their way down Washington Ave., from Grand Circus Park in Detroit to the Federal Building during a protest against the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. (Photo: AP)8 of 16
9. James Brewton, 39, from Brandon, hoists his portrait of Trayvon Martin along with a group of about 175 as they gather at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa. (Photo: AP)9 of 16
10. Demonstrators cross Marietta Street in Atlanta as they march in protest. (Photo: AP)10 of 16
11. A bag of Skittles candies hangs out of the pocket of Latressa McVey, 35, of Atlanta, during a protest. (Photo: AP)11 of 16
12. Tabatha Holley, 19, of Dawson, Ga., chants as demonstrators march in protest as a police cruiser follows. (Photo: AP)12 of 16
13. Abdul Kebbeh, 6, holds a sign at Westlake Park on Sunday, July 14, 2013 in downtown Seattle. (Photo: AP)13 of 16
14. Demonstrators converge on Union Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman. (Photo: AP)14 of 16
15. Nichole Mitchell wipes away tears during the sermon at a youth service at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Sanford, Fla. (Photo: AP)15 of 16
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