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 over in a gray-colored Honda pickup with Florida tags he told the policeman he was armed. The officer instructed him to leave 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.
At some point Zimmerman asked the officer if he recognized him from television and the officer said he did not.
Leaning toward the truck window, the officer and Zimmerman had this exchange.
Officer: “Where you headed to?”
Zimmerman: “Nowhere in particular.”
Officer: “Nowhere in particular? Why do you say that?”
Zimmerman: “You didn’t see my name?”
Officer: What a coincidence.”
After a background check, the 29-year-old was given a verbal warning for speeding and allowed to leave.
Toward the end of the traffic stop, you hear the officer ask Zimmerman about current warrants.
Officer: “Are you clear of warrants and stuff?”
Zimmerman: “Absolutely, sir”
Officer: “As long as you don’t have any warrants you’ll be cut loose with a warning OK? Just take it easy. Just go ahead and shut your glove compartment. Protect your firearm OK?”
Forney Police aren’t talking about the traffic stop but since CBS 11 broke the story George Zimmerman tweeted the following message: “Our family receives many death threats. We all continue to take our security seriously and to ensure our safety in accordance with the law.”
Zimmerman did not say why he was in North Texas or where he was headed.
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