A little more than one year after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin he has reportedly been “patrolling” outside a Florida gun shop that was recently robbed.
Zimmerman’s name popped up in a police report this weekend after he was spotted by a police officer seated in a truck parked behind Pompano Pat’s a motorcycle and firearm shop that also offers gun classes.
According to Fox News, the report reads as follows:
“Dispatch informed me that the vehicle was registered to George Zimmerman out of Sanford. Zimmerman informed me that he was sitting behind the business with the permission of the owner, Pat Johnson. Zimmerman stated that he had been friends with Johnson for a period of time and was watching the business due to a recent burglary.”
However, a manager at the store told Fox, “George is not being paid as a security guard by Pompano Pat’s. He and Mr. Johnson are just friends.” The pair’s friendship apparently began last summer after Zimmerman’s acquittal, when Pat Johnson publicly offered the recently-freed defendant a free gun after he found out police were not yet letting him get the gun he used to kill Martin back.
Johnson confirmed to a reporter for Orlando’s WKMG that he did not hire Zimmerman as a security guard, but rather than he has begun patrolling the area around the store “on his own accord” since the robbery occurred earlier in July.
[h/t The Week]
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