Original Article can be found at the Muncie Voice
Fool Me Once, Shame on You. Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me. Zimmerman Skates on Domestic Violence Charges
– By Aimee Fant
George Zimmerman was arrested, Monday, September 9th, 2013- in Lake Mary, Florida and was in police custody.
He has since been released.
Zimmerman pulled a gun on his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman and attacked her father.
“During the 5-minute phone call, Shellie Zimmerman tells the dispatcher that George Zimmerman punched her father in the nose, and she said he threatened her family with his hand on his gun. She also said he took her iPad out of her hand and smashed it and cut it with a pocket knife.” Danielle Cadet, Huffington Post– September 9th, 2013
Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce just two days prior to this incident.
It is reported that Shellie Zimmerman has dropped charges, which is very common in domestic violence-related charges. Many women fear retaliation and believe they don’t have the emotional and financial resources to follow through.
Todd Smekens, Muncie Voice, September 6th 2013- writes “In Delaware County, an average of 2,500 domestic disturbance calls are made each year. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.”
“I see it as the root of most crimes we deal with today.” Jami Brown, Muncie Police Officer, Domestic Violence Investigator. She leads an effort to increase awareness in Muncie by increasing available resources and funds for victims, as well as prevention methods through The Police Man’s Ball, held October 5th- Muncie.
In July 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted on 2nd Degree Murder charges stemming from his actions in the death of 17 year- old unarmed African-American Trayvon Martin, where he cited Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” defense. The 90% Caucasian jury acquitted him of all charges.
Zimmerman’s behavior calls into question a larger pattern of relevant violent and reckless behavior, which includes a prior incident of domestic violence, a brawl with the police, both of which were prior to the slaying of Trayvon Martin, numerous traffic citations since his acquittal, and now threats/acts of violence toward his wife and her father.
Perhaps the Sanford, Florida jury that acquitted Zimmerman of any wrong-doing in the slaying of Trayvon Martin, are now collectively wondering- if they made a mistake.