George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, has been "patrolling" a gun store, the owner said.
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who was acquitted in the high-profile killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, is now working as a security officer in a gun and motorcycle store in Florida, according to a local police report.
After midnight on Sunday night, a police officer in DeLand, Florida, found Zimmerman inside Pompano Pat's, a firearms, ammunition and motorcycle store. Zimmerman told the officer that "he was watching the business due to a recent burglary" and that his friend, the store's owner, Pat Johnson, had asked him to do that, according to the DeLand police report seen byMashable.
Johnson told WKMG Local 6 that Zimmerman has been "patrolling" the store but that he's not been hired. Sam Porter, an employee at the store, confirmed to Mashable that Zimmerman is not an employee and he's not being paid, reading a statement from Johnson.
Last year, Pompano Pat's offered Zimmerman a free gun after his acquittal.
The story was first reported by WFTV, a local ABC affiliate.
Sergeant Chris Estes, a spokesperson for the DeLand Police Department, told Mashable that it appeared that Zimmerman was working as a volunteer.
Last year, a jury cleared Zimmerman of all charges related to the killing of Martin, a 17-year-old African-American whom he shot on the night of Feb. 26, 2012, while patrolling his neighborhood as a volunteer. Martin's death caused an uproar and sparked a wide-ranging debate on racism. Zimmerman's defense argued that Martin, who was unarmed at the time, assaulted Zimmerman and that Zimmerman shot him in self-defense. In Florida, the so-called “stand your ground” law gives people wide latitude when defending themselves.
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