As everyone knows, O.J. Simpson murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1994. Largely, if not solely, as a not so subtle middle finger to a racist LAPD, the black jury acquitted Simpson (jury nullification). Whites were outraged, many blacks celebrated. In any event, it was clear O.J. had gotten away with murder. But, in 2008, he was convicted of, among other things, armed robbery charges stemming from an incident in Las Vegas. (O.J. also had an history of domestic violence.) In other words, this is a man who, to put it kindly, seemed to have poor impulse control and questionable decision-making skills
One could argue that George Zimmerman is following down an eerily similar path. As the Washington Post reports, since being acquitted of murder charges:
He certainly hasn’t been free from the spotlight:
●Two stops for speeding.
●A cellphone photo of a smiling Zimmerman touring the Florida factory where the 9mm semiautomatic pistol used in the February 2012 shooting was made.
●And, last week, police dash-cam footage of Zimmerman kneeling in the street to be handcuffed after an alleged scuffle with his estranged wife and father-in-law.
Combine this with all the events leading up to the killing of Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman certainly appears to be someone who just doesn’t get it. It’s not just stupid to visit the gun factory that made the gun you used to kill a kid, but here’s a guy who still seems to believe he did nothing wrong at all that night in Sanford, Florida. Then, your wife wants to divorce you and you head over to her house at exactly the time tensions are highest?
Zimmerman is showing that he has a taste for confrontation. Let’s not be surprised if we haven’t heard the last of his exploits.