Witnesses have confirmed George Zimmerman was bragging about the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin when a man punched him in the face.
Zimmerman called the police to rescue him this weekend after two men approached him and asked if he was “bragging” about the shooting.
911 operator: “What started the argument?”
Zimmerman: “He recognized me. He told me he was going to kill me he told me he’d (expletive) shoot me and he punched me in the face.”
Zimmerman: “This man just punched me in the face.”
911 operator: “Is he still there?”
Zimmerman: “Yup. He said he’s going to kill me. You need to send like three or four cops.”
One witness said he overheard Zimmerman tell someone “I love your tattoos. My name is George Zimmerman, you know, that guy who killed Trayvon Martin?” WFTV reported.
Zimmerman contested that account to the Orlando Sentinel in an interview after the incident.
He said two men approached him at Gators Restaurant and one said he was a big fan and even asked to see his identification to be certain it was him.
He said he then tried to explain that he killed Martin in self-defense when the second man asked “You’re bragging about that?” and punched him in the face.
Zimmerman said the man walked over to him again, minutes later, and said “Didn’t I tell you to get the [expletive] out of here…”
But Ed Winters, the owner of Gators Riverside, told the Sentinel that it was Zimmerman who initiated the confrontation.
He said the incident started when Zimmerman approached a shirtless patron who had just come in from the St. Johns River and told him he didn’t like one of his tattoos. After a few words, Zimmerman walked back to his table.
A friend of the first man to approach Zimmerman — who was at the restaurant with family celebrating a 12-year-old’s birthday — walked over to Zimmerman to confront him, Winters said.
The two argued, but no punches were thrown, Winters said.
The two shoved each other, but Winters said claims of anything further are “blown out of proportion.”
Winters said Zimmerman called 911, prompting a full-fledged response from the police and fire department.
Regardless of the reason for the attack, what is lost by many is that Zimmerman was acquitted of wrongdoing and a pathologist agreed with his account of what happened.
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