Officials: Zimmerman helped 4 out of wrecked SUV
by Kyle Hightower, Associated Press
July 22, 2013 05:30 PM | 1263 views | 7 7 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
n this file image from video, George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Officials say Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seminole County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement Monday, July 22, 2013 that deputies responding to the wreck found Zimmerman and another man had already helped the couple and their two children out of the flipped SUV.(AP Photo/TV Pool, File)
n this file image from video, George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Officials say Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seminole County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement Monday, July 22, 2013 that deputies responding to the wreck found Zimmerman and another man had already helped the couple and their two children out of the flipped SUV.(AP Photo/TV Pool, File)
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle in central Florida last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, officials said Monday.

Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement that deputies responding last Wednesday afternoon to the wreck in Sanford — the Orlando suburb where Martin was shot — found Zimmerman and another man had already helped a couple and their two children out of a flipped SUV off the road near Interstate 4. They were not hurt.

Zimmerman spoke with a deputy at the scene and then left, the sheriff's office statement said. He did not see the crash happen.

This is believed to be the first time Zimmerman, 29, has been seen publicly since his acquittal on a second-degree murder charge in the 17-year-old Martin's death in February 2012. Zimmerman's parents and his attorneys have said in interviews since the verdict that they fear for his safety because of those who may not agree with it.

A message left at the office of Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara was not immediately returned Monday.

Robert Zimmerman, Jr. on Monday posted on his Twitter account about his brother's actions: "George saw a need, he acted. Our parents taught us to help, never to boast. Humility is George's finest trait."

Martin's shooting death spurred debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. Protesters nationwide lashed out against police in Sanford because it took 44 days for Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, to be arrested last year. Many, including Martin's parents, said Zimmerman had racially profiled the unarmed black teen. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, said he acted in self-defense during a fight with Martin.

Six female jurors, whose names have not been released, considered nearly three weeks of often wildly conflicting testimony over who was the aggressor on the rainy night Martin was shot while walking through the gated townhouse community where he was staying and where Zimmerman lived.

The acquittal prompted rallies nationwide in the days afterward calling for a civil rights investigation and federal charges against Zimmerman.

It also led to a sit-in at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office demanding that legislators repeal the state's stand-your-ground self-defense law. The law, passed in 2005, generally eliminated a person's duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat. At least 21 states have a self-defense law similar to Florida's.

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Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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D.G. in Clarkdale
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July 23, 2013
That's four more than Holder or Obama helped....
anonymous
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July 23, 2013
Will Eric racist Holder look into death threats against the Zimmerman family or just keep trying double japery against Zimmerman. I’m sure Eric doesn’t care if he saved anyone else’s life it’s all about the race cards and taking your right to defend yourself.
anonymous
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July 23, 2013
Zimmerman DIDN'T SAVE ANY LIVES HERE. THERE WAS NO THREAT OF DEAD PEOPLE. Will Zimmerman keep playing COP, PARAMEDIC, HERO EVERY CHANCE HE SEES until he actually kills more than one? We will wait and see! P.S. There were more people at the scene before Zimmerman got there and emergency personnel had been called and were in transit. WHOSE LIFE DID ZIMMERMAN SAVE? Nobody's! P.S.S. Try this--put your hand over your mouth and nose; don't breathe in because you can't and you are being suffocated and unable to breathe. Please do this and DON'T DARE BREATHE. See how long you can scream the word help. P.S.S.S. I think this hero act was a plant to dig out people that may want to harm Zimmerman. I don't want to harm him. I just want him to tell the truth about what happened; just as I want OJ to tell the truth about what happened. Both lied and I hope both tell the truth before they die natural deaths.
Mhmmmmmmm
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July 23, 2013
Did he help people from an overturned Escalade with rims?

Or did he help people from a Lex-UV with a soccer magnet and a stick family drawn with WHITE lettering?

Does Zimmerman know the WHITE lettering stick family is the white man's secret code to emergency responders that white folk are inside so take this crash seriously, and to the popo that it's just white folk inside so don't bother with the equipment or seatbeat pretextual stop?
anonymous
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July 23, 2013
This is just another example to me where Zimmerman stuck his fat behind in another situation he shouldn't have been in. "Zimmerman and another man had already helped a couple and their two children out of a flipped SUV off the road near Interstate 4. They were not hurt." The police had already been called to this scene. Zimmerman just happened upon it first. I have ALWAYS been taught not to move people that may be injured because you may further injure them--to wait for medical personnel to move them, while, most certainly, trying to stop bleeding, etc. if there is any. There was no immediate threat. Nobody was dying here. Why didn't Zimmerman just let the professionals take care of the SUV occupants, while just comforting them until professional help arrived? I understand the law to render aid if necessary, but there was no necessity to render aid here; but perhaps to cause harm. Just another Zimmerman Superman act. I wonder how many "hero stunts" this man will put on his belt before someone actually stops him.
anonymous
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July 22, 2013
Truly, does this mean we are all going to be subjected to a "Zimmerman watch" now? Leave the man alone and quit telling me about him. I don't care!
Lib in Cobb
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July 22, 2013
Did Z shoot any of the truck's occupants? Oh, sorry! Naaah, I'm not sorry.
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