By Jueseppi B.
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — CBS 11 News has learned that George Zimmerman, the man recently found not guilty for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, was armed when an officer pulled him over for speeding in North Texas.
Zimmerman was pulled over on July 28 at 12:54 p.m., while traveling westbound on Highway 80 in Forney, a Kaufman County city about 20 miles east of Dallas.
When Zimmerman was pulled in a gray-colored Honda pickup with Florida tags he told the policeman he was armed. The officer instructed him to put the weapon in his glove compartment and said that if after checking his background, and if there were no criminal issues, he could go on his way. The entire incident was captured on the officer’s dashcam.
WATCH: Dashcam Footage Of George Zimmerman Getting Pulled Over For Speeding
As we reported earlier, while driving through East Texas on Sunday afternoon, George Zimmerman was stopped by police for exceeding the speed limit.
The recently-acquitted Florida resident was pulled over near Forney, Texas, shortly after noon, telling police he was headed “nowhere in particular.” The stop lasted around five minutes and concluded with the officer concluding no outstanding warrants and telling the 29-year-old to “have a safe trip.”
- George Zimmerman pulled over driving cross-country in Forney, Texas for speeding on Sunday
- Told the officer that he was carrying a gun and was advised to place it in his glove compartment
- The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman – even after the 29-year-old checked
- Was issued with a warning and sent on his way – telling the officer he ‘was going nowhere in particular’
- Second traffic related incidence in the space of two weeks involving Zimmerman
By JAMES NYE
Dash-cam footage emerged today showing the moment that George Zimmerman was pulled over by a police officer in Texas for speeding and told them he was carrying a gun.
Just over two weeks since his dramatic acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin, 17, Zimmerman was issued the warning on Sunday in Forney, Texas, just 25 miles from Dallas.
The latest traffic incident comes a week-and-a-half after Zimmerman rescued a family-of-four from their upturned SUV over a thousand miles away in Florida, near where he shot Martin dead.
With Zimmerman facing death threats following his acquittal, his brother Robert said that his family have to deal with rumors about his whereabouts every day.
He added that they go to great lengths to ensure their safety in accordance with the law.
CBS Dallas Fort Worth have claimed that the officer did not recognize Zimmerman, who has been at the center of a nationwide controversy since he was found not guilty of the second-degree murder and manslaughter of Trayvon Martin earlier this month.
Indeed, Zimmerman is even reported to have asked the officer if he knew his face from television and the officer again told the one-time Florida neighborhood watch captain that he did not.
While being questioned by the officer, Zimmerman, who was driving a 2008 Honda pick-up with Florida plates, told the officer that he was armed and was instructed to keep the gun in the car’s glove-compartment.
The officer issued Zimmerman a warning for speeding and then sent him on his way – but not before asking him where he was going, to which he replied ‘nowhere in particular’.
‘Nowhere in particular, why is that?’ responded the officer according to In Forney.com
‘You didn’t see my name?’ said Zimmerman. The officer then responded, ‘wow, what a coincidence.’
The officer then inquired if Zimmerman was free of any warrants for arrest, to which Zimmerman replied, ‘absolutely’.
‘Alright, I’m gonna go back and just check you, routinely,’ said the officer as he checked Zimmerman’s proof of insurance and a driver’s license.
‘The reason you were stopped was for your speed, why don’t you slow down a little bit for me and, as long as you don’t have any warrants, I’ll cut you loose with a warning,’ said the officer to Zimmerman according to In Forney.com.
‘Just take it easy, go ahead and shut your glove compartment and don’t play with your firearm, ok?’
The traffic stop according to InForney.Com lasted approximately five minutes and after being given a warning, Zimmerman was sent on his way – being wished ‘a safe trip’ by the officer.
In the aftermath of his acquittal Zimmerman’s lawyers said that he would almost certainly rearm himself and would be handed back the 9mm Kel-Tec pistol he used to kill Martin.
Federal investigators have not yet returned the weapon.
And even though the fact that Zimmerman is back carrying a weapon will certainly be viewed as controversial, Zimmerman is legally permitted to under Texas state law.
The gun in the glove box is legal in Texas, and police routinely ask motorists if they have weapons in the car, Brooks said. He said the entire stop lasted less than five minutes.
‘It wasn’t for super-excessive speeds, they just got him on regular speeding,’ said Brian Brooks, city manager of Forney, Texas, about 25 miles southeast of Dallas, where Zimmerman was stopped.
‘It’s a pretty routine stop except for the fact that it was George Zimmerman.’
Thank you Daily Mail UK.