George Zimmerman was charged Monday with assault after deputies were called to the home where he lived with his girlfriend, who claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument, authorities said.
Zimmerman pushed the woman out of the house and barricaded the door with furniture, Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference hours after the arrest. The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, provided deputies with a key to the home and they were able to push the door that had been barricaded.
Zimmerman, from before the Trayvon Martin shooting and even after his acquittal, has shown a serious habit of "expressing himself" in a rather violent, confrontational fashion:
- In September of this year, he visited his estranged wife's home and was accused of threatening her and her father with violence, reportedly with the gun on his possession. The investigation stalled due to lack of evidence.
- Zimmerman and his wife were separated at the time of the Trayvon shooting, following a fight between the couple. She filed for divorce once the trial ended, with the proceedings on hold following the September incident.
- Zimmerman has been ticketed on three separate occasions for traffic violations, mostly speeding, since the acquittal.
- In July 2005, Zimmerman was charged with resisting arrest during an incident involving underage drinking, attacking an undercover cop who was trying to arrest Zimmerman's friend.
- The following month, Zimmerman's then-fiance filed a restraining order against him for domestic violence. Zimmerman filed his own restraining order against her.
And remember, these are the incidents that got the cops involved.
Every one of these incidents fit into a pattern of persistent behavior common with the Angry Guy Syndrome: a confrontational personality, issues with the women in his life leading up to domestic violence reports, a recklessness with respecting rules (such as traffic laws), a level of arrogance that makes him act like he's above the law.
And above all, a love of weapons and an eagerness to have them on him whenever he gets into a fight with someone like his ex-wife or current girlfriend.
The 911 phone calls have already been released: the girlfriend's as well as Zimmerman's. Zimmerman calling just as the cops showed up to answer the woman's earlier call. You gotta listen to Zimmerman as he's telling his version of events. Except you gotta be wondering "why isn't he talking to the cops that are already there?" And the answer is obvious: it's called "gaming the refs". Zimmerman knows the tapes always get released to the media, and so he puts out his own 911 call, knowing if he does it the right way he can paint himself as the victim of his "crazy girlfriend".
At this point should anyone even trust him anymore (not off-topic: Zimmerman's lawyer during the shooting trial quit on him after not getting paid)? Zimmerman keeps getting involved in these incidents, keeps painting himself as the victim. But here's the thing. All of these domestic violence calls, all of these traffic violations, all of the times Zimmerman has been confronted by the law, there has been one constant.
George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman being angry.
This is a trend that cannot be explained away. This is a constant, an ever-fixed mark of this guy's personality. Combine it with his love of guns, and we have a troubling threat to other people's safety.