George Zimmerman arrested on suspected domestic violence – CNN

Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2015

(CNN)George Zimmerman — the man acquitted by a Florida jury over the death of Trayvon Martin — was arrested Friday in Florida on suspicion of aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon, local authorities said.

The 31-year-old Florida man was arrested by police in Lake Mary around 10 p.m. and booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, according to that facility’s website. That facility, like its website, is run by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Zimmerman became a national figure in 2012, after he spotted Martin — a 17-year-old African-American — in his Sanford, Florida, neighborhood. The two ended up having a confrontation that climaxed with Zimmerman fatally shooting the teenager, who was unarmed.

That incident, and authorities’ decision not to immediately charge Zimmerman, spurred large-scale protests demanding justice for Martin. In April of that year, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder, with an affidavit accusing him of profiling Martin and ignoring a police dispatcher’s request that he wait for police.

After a high-profile trial, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty.

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