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Op-Ed: Remember George Zimmerman, the American man who shot dead a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, claimed self-defense and walked free from court?
George is back in the news following an altercation with his girlfriend. Florida police report Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly tossed a wine bottle at her earlier this week. It happened at his Lake Mary home.
The charge though crucially involves a gun, though he did not discharge it.
He was charged Friday "for aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon."
He appeared in court early Saturday and was granted a $5,000 bond, which he posted.
Zimmerman's trial was costly but supporters raised money to ensure he walked free.
A day after he was acquitted we wrote "This man accused of the unlawful killing of Trayvon Martin is now free to carry on with his life, but you have to wonder how that will pan out for him."
From the start it was obvious Zimmerman would not be convicted. It took the police a long time to even bother to investigate the shooting. Pressure from others, including President Obama, forced their hands.
In December 2013, after he had been acquitted, Zimmerman turned his hand to art to make a financial killing.
His first creation was listed on EBay and quickly sparked a bidding war which soon pushed its price up from a starting point of $0.99 to almost $100,000. 108 bids were quickly logged for the painting, ratcheting the price up to $110,100.
So Zimmerman was not left penniless following the trial.
Multi-talented Zimmerman was now able to add artist to his neighborhood watchman and teen-killer resume.
The art work, a blue American flag featuring part of the Pledge of Allegiance was ironic. CNN reported: The 18-by-24-inch canvas features a blue, waving American flag with the words, "God, one nation, with liberty and justice for all" emblazoned across it.
But he had already been back in trouble with the law.
In November George was back in jail again when "for the second time he was accused of threatening a girlfriend with a gun".
Now he faces similar charges.
The fact he is allowed to carry a gun after killing a young unarmed man is strange to say the least.
Zimmerman will appear again in court February 17 and he was ordered to surrender any weapons until the case is complete.