George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of the murder of an unarmed black teenager sparked a debate on self-defense laws and race, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon.
Zimmerman, 31, was arrested in Lake Mary, Florida at 10 pm and booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. Zimmerman’s bond was set at $5,000 at his court appearance on Saturday, according to ABC News.
Few details of the incident were provided, although Judge John Galluzzo said Zimmerman allegedly threw a wine bottle at his girlfriend at his home. Prosecutors questioned whether substance abuse treatment was necessary, but the judge said it did not appear to be a factor in the case.
[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Don West” author_title=”Attorney for Zimmerman”]
He is alleged to have thrown a wine bottle in the direction of this person. I certainly wish that I weren’t here this morning, as I’m sure he does, too. It’s been a devastating experience that he’s had, that he’s working through.
While the incident did not involve a firearm, the judge ordered Zimmerman to surrender any weapons.
Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of a second-degree murder charge in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager. The shooting, and authorities’ decision not to charge him immediately, sparked large-scale national protests demanding justice. In April 2013, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and accused of profiling Martin and ignoring a police dispatcher’s request to wait for police, according to CNN.
Since the acquittal, he has had several run-ins with the law. Just two weeks after the verdict, he was pulled over for speeding in Texas. In November 2013, he was taken into custody after an alleged heated argument with his then-girlfriend. Zimmerman was arrested on aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery and criminal mischief, although his girlfriend asked for the case to be dropped.
In September 2014, a man claimed Zimmerman threatened him during an incident of road rage, allegedly telling them man “I will kill you. Do you know who I am?” He was not arrested in that case, according to the Washington Post.