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George Zimmerman Was Victim of Assault in Manassas

The man under fire in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida was the victim of an assault that took place in Manassas, police said.

The man under fire in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida last month was the victim of an assault that took place in Manassas.

Manassa City Police Sgt. Eddie Rivera said one-time Manassas resident George Zimmerman was a victim of an assault in 2001, but he was never listed as an offender or suspect.

Zimmerman lived in Manassas before he moved to Florida with his parents in 2002. He graduated from Osbourn High School in 2001.

Officials in Orange County Florida confirm Zimmerman was arrested and charged with resisting an officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement official back in 2005. He was booked and released on a security bond of 1,000.00. The charges were amended from a felony to a misdemeanor and were eventually dropped, according to court records.

Zimmerman, 28, is accused of shooting an unarmed Martin after an incident in a Florida neighborhood where Zimmerman served as a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman, who has claimed self-defense in the shooting, was not arrested after conducting a police interview.

But as of Wednesday, half a million people were calling for Zimmerman's arrest, and he has been driven from his Florida home by threats targeting him as a racist.

The controversial shooting  has prompted investigations by the Department of Justice and FBI. The  NAACP has also been holding townhalls calling for justice for Martin, and the BrevardTimes.com reported today a Florida state attorney will be bringing the case in front of a grand jury for indictment.

Some say  911 tapes from prior to the shooting prove Zimmerman was pursuing the unarmed  black teenager as he walked around the neighborhood before getting in a fight with him and ultimately gunning him down. Some are even saying they can hear Zimmerman utter a racial slur prior to the confronation.

Zimmerman, who has claimed self defense in the shooting, called police on Feb. 26 saying the neighborhood had experienced a lot of break-ins lately and that Martin was acting very "suspicious" and "had his hand in his waistband."

"Something is wrong with him," Zimmerman is heard saying in the 911 call.

Law enforcement asked Zimmerman to stop pursuing Martin during the call  before the shooting took place.

Former neighbors of Zimmerman in Manassas told the Orlando Sentinel they knew of Zimmerman, but that he mostly kept to himself and they really didn't know much about him.

Have you heard the 911 call? Tell us what you think? Do you think the shooting should be investigated as a hate crime?

Erin Gibson (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I have to say that I've listened to both the 911 call from Zimmerman and seen the call transcripts between Martin and his girlfriend, and both seem paranoid of the other. They both seem to be indicating they are concerned about the actions of the other. If Zimmerman is heard saying Martin is acting strange like "he is on drugs" and he sees Martin reach for his waisteband, then maybe Zimmerman really thought he had a gun and acted in what he thought was self-defense, paranoid or not. The point remains, though, that there needs to be an investigation.
Trish Peyton March 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
@Erin: Martin had reason to be paranoid. He was being stalked, for no apparent reason, by a complete stranger with a gun.
Mala March 22, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Trish is right, Martin had a reason to be paranoid. Some guy was following him for no reason other then he was wearing a hoodie, talking on a cell phone and had an iced tea and skittles. I'd be paranoid too. Zimmerman was told by the Dispatcher not to follow him, yet he did anyway. Zimmerman seemingly wanted a confrontation. And to speculate that Zimmerman acted in this manner because he was once a crime victim is bogus. A lot of us have been victims of crime and we don't go around shooting people who we think look sketchy
Erin Gibson (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I agree that Martin had reason to be scared and nervous, especially if there is someone older and bigger following you. @ Trish, where did you hear Martin saw a gun on Zimmerman's person during the time he was following him. I have not heard that. In the 911 call made by Zimmerman, though, one can clearly hear Zimmerman expressing concern over Martin saying he was acting funny, possibly on drugs, placing his hand on his waistband and walking towards him. Yes, Zimmerman said Martin was walking towards HIM. There's a lot about this incident that needs to be investigated, so glad the FBI and DOJ are getting involved. Obviously, Zimmerman should have not shot Martin, and let the police handle it, but before folks go out and accuse of someone of being a racist murderer, they should know all the facts. They need to let the investigation take place first.
Wayne March 22, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Florida's gun laws may make this a difficult to prosecute or win. I don't know what really happened and it's likely no one may know what really happened but as former LE I believe Sanford PD was a little quick in announcing no charges. But again, I certainly don't know all the circumstances. I have my gut feelings on what should happen though.
Seth Opoku-Yeboah March 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Though race is believed to have played a role in Martin’s murder, I believe it was matter of associating an individual with the profile of the burglars who have committed previous crimes in the community. Zimmerman will argue self-defense despite violating the first rule of self-defense by being the aggressor and becoming involved in a situation that he had no reason to be a part of. While on the phone with a police dispatcher, Zimmerman was warned not to become involved in the situation. He choose to anyway and crossed the line. The Sanford Police Department have failed to properly handle the issue and as a result we are seeing Zimmerman tried in the court of public opinion. In the end, I believe justice will be served. This shouldn’t be an issue of race, but one of justice and redemption for a life taken away at such a young age-my age.
John March 23, 2012 at 04:15 AM
It figures this would all swirl back to Manassas. It seems this location is where everything begins... With our large multi-racial area. In regards to this Zimmerman issue, the fact remains that he was told not to follow Trayvon Martin, he did that. So now the situation which should have been handled by police who are trained to investigate and make sound judgments has turned into this a homicide, and a national issue. He was not a cop, was not trained as a cop and now comes off as biased and a bit racially motivated in the actions he took. There is even voice recordings of him muttering under his breath "Fing Coon" in regard to Trayvon Martin. This exactly dictates his state of mind beginning and leading up to the confrontation. At the point when he confronted Martin, his mind was already set in an aggressive probably superior attitude. Superior to the point that he took the stance that he was more citizen than Trayvon Martin when in fact they were exactly equal in regard to who exists in what capacity... Martins death is the fault of Zimmerman directly and should be prosecuted that way.
John March 23, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Florida's gun laws have nothing to do with leaving your car chasing someone and instigating a fight that leads to their death by your hand. Zimmerman chased and confronted Martin, you don't even need to investigate that, they ended up making contact with each other and some sort of fight ensued. All of which could have been completely avoided had Zimmerman heeded the advisement of the Police Dispatcher... Martin was not found dead at the door of Zimmermans vehicle...
John March 23, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Yes. Walking towards him. Paranoia, Zimmerman probably felt that Martin was out to get him too... Paranoid delusional stereotype. What should Martin have done? Cross the street? This all harks back to the 1960's way of thinking. Zimmerman seems so paranoid in his thinking that you can't even be near him without the speculation that you are not to be trusted or suspicious if your young and black. Oh and don't make eye contact, how dare you, this is just outrageous, look at the floor when you pass by Zimmerman it's his world...
John March 23, 2012 at 04:33 AM
If the law won't convict him, his peers will. People won't stand for this. I would like to know when Zimmerman obtained his gun also. This all plays into his path toward this situation. Get a gun go out and be the law? Zimmerman is reckless and dangerous. He's a danger to society. He is also paranoid, the worst person you'd want in control of a gun. He also was emboldened by his gun that's just like how a criminal thinks. I have a gun so you'll do what i say, if not...
John March 23, 2012 at 04:48 AM
The Crime Wrongful Death. The Suspect George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman had willful intent in the murder of Trayvon Martin, this should be a court case... Zimmerman left his vehicle pursued and confronted an innocent person, and shot him. Zimmerman was not a Cop and he instigated the confrontation by going against Police advisement not to follow Trayvon Martin. It's the job of the Police to investigate a suspicious person "a young black male"... Zimmerman is not Judge Jury and Executioner. Someone who is innocent of course are going to be defensive, they are thinking who are you? Poor Trayvon was looking around, yeah it was raining and he was not completely familiar with the area, looking around to find his father's house... ;(
Alva Goldbook March 23, 2012 at 03:57 PM
If we do criminal background checks on people before they can get a firearm, why can't they do a mental evaluation to make sure they're not a paranoid lunatic?
Lizzie M. Johnson March 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I say whatever reason zimmerman thought he had authority that he didn't have when the police told him in the beginning not to pursue but he always had it in his mind that he wanted to be a police officer and never could be. He thought this was the chance he could be what he always wanted to be, a police officer with a gun in his hand and seeing a young black man walking in the dark in his neighborhood with skittles and a drink minding his own business, talking on a cell phone but he was disobediant and pursued the victim and it caused a young man his death. I really think he needs help or it will happen again.
Sydette March 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I think he needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. How can you say sef defense when you are the one doing the chasing. He followed him got into a fight and when trayvon was getting the best of him he pulls a gun. Trayvon had every right to fight back when someone is assaulting him. The only thing trayvon did was walk down a street that is not owned by zimmerman, it is a public street. He needs to be taken off the street before he kills someone else son
Renee March 29, 2012 at 04:18 PM
You can see how each would be suspicious of the other. In a statement given to police, Zimmerman said while he was being beaten by Martin the gun was in his belt. Martin saw the gun, went for it, and Martin ended up shot. In this case you can see how each might think they could become the shooting victim. Also read Sharpton, etc weren't invited to be involved. The parents would be wise to avoid any association with these racist idiots.
Renee March 29, 2012 at 04:19 PM
One would think we wouldn't need to bring this up. Should be part of the process.
john j johnson April 01, 2012 at 04:25 PM
George Zimmerman is a murderer, and he will pay for his crimes, racism doesn't really have a thing to do with it, its his wannbe mentality that got him screwed, and we know he is hiding in manassas and his need to be the man will bring him out of hiding where he will screw up again, its just in those kind of people cowards that want to be men like his lil feminine brother, his daddy being a judge has bailed him out from brushes with the law , but i guarantee he cant bail him out from this brush with the people.George your day is coming to be the man, chump
john j johnson April 01, 2012 at 04:30 PM
every thing george zimmerman is a damn liar and he knows it, he thought he could just mess with a young black kid , but didnt expect that kid to be able to defend his self, to be truthful, i think the shooting was an accident a wannbe showing his gun to a scared lil kid and it discharged cause the idiot had his finger on the trigger, (lack of training) so george man up tell the truth or you will never be able to walk the streets of this country again even your peruvina people thing the worse of you so you got no where to run chump.
john j johnson April 01, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Zimmerman is out of control, now he is in police protection, not police custody, he is right here in manassas,any assualt that he was involved in in manassass, im sure he brought it on his self, he is a wanna be, ive hired and fired the came type, he needs to tell the truth before he sets the country off, its about to happen.
john j johnson April 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
his dad is a judge, ex-judges are still judges, that's why he wasn't arrested, but i'm sure he will wish soon he was arrested cause he is about to be tried in the peoples court.
Leigh April 01, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I'm wondering why some of the comments suggest Zimmerman is hiding out in Manassas. Have you seen him or know someone who's seen him here?
Erin Gibson (Editor) April 02, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Leigh, thanks for your question. All I know about G. Zimmerman's whereabouts is what the police in Sanford, Fla. are saying: that they "know where he is and are in contact with him."
GLORY MARIA cartier April 21, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Ms Gibson, You don't know a lie from a true statement...no one was chasing Zimmerman, that whole statement was A LIE, HE HAD TO MAKE UP SOMETHING BECAUSE HE KNEW,THAT HE WAS UP TO NO GOOD...THERE WAS NO ONE WITH THEIR HAND IN THEIR BELT POCKET NOTHING HE CALLED IN-WAS THE TRUTH...HOW IT WILL COME OUT IN COURT...HOW DID THE BOY GET WHERE ZIMMERMAN WAS -YET WAS TALKING TO HIS GIRLFRIEND IN ANOTHER AREA. HOW IS IT THAT ZIMMERMAN WAS CHASING THE BOY, AND HE TOLD THE OPERATOR THAT HE WAS CHASING TRAYVON!!!
GLORY MARIA cartier April 21, 2012 at 06:03 PM
you are so right
Eli May 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
And why didn't Martin just go home while Zimmerman was on the phone? Why did Martin want to confront Zimmerman? My guess is because he was 17 and on the phone with a girl so he wanted to act as tough as possible. And if you're the girl and it happened like she said why in gods name wouldn't she contact the police after the phone went dead??? Most likely because the conversation was about how Martin was going to go beat the heck out of this little Hispanic (look at the sequence of events for the girl and how she refused to even give a statement to the police until she'd been coached by the lawyer and was subpoenaed)
Erin Gibson (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Hi Glory, I am just reverberating what Zimmerman was heard saying on the initial 911 call, not in a statement provided to police. He says to the dispatcher that Martin was acting "suspicious" and "had his hand in his waistband." "Something is wrong with him," Zimmerman is heard saying in the 911 call.
champ h m July 25, 2012 at 07:18 AM
HI CHIEF,i am an ex police officer,all police officers are well trained,this training,only help;only if you obey it,this kind of training,might not have helped mr,zimmerman.i;ve worked all kind of drug,gang,theif,places,got in many tussels with suspects,over 30 years,an never have shot anyone,first,ID yourself,or mace,tazzer,never a gun,killing
Jimmyjam048 September 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Zimmerman was playing cop. He was untrained and unauthroized to do so. Now, a 17 year old is dead. Now his defenders are going through the kids a Facebook account in attempt to portray the victim as the offender. Sad.

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