Questions about an armed George Zimmerman speeding through Texas

Why didn’t  Zimmerman get a speeding ticket? Photo: George Zimmerman AP photo

WASHINGTON,  August 1, 2013 — George Zimmerman was back in the news as he zoomed across Texas last Sunday in a pickup truck, going “nowhere in particular.”

After being stopped just east of Dallas by a cop for speeding, he admitted that he had a gun, which is legal to carry in Texas. After checking out if he was registered to carry a firearm, the police officer let him go.

The incident was recorded by the police officer’s dashcam and first reported by TV station KTVT:

Officer: “Where you headed to?”

Zimmerman: “Nowhere in particular.”

Officer: “Nowhere in particular? Why do you say that?”

Zimmerman: “You didn’t see my name?”

Officer: “What a coincidence.”

At the end of encounter, the officer and Zimmerman can be heard again:

Officer: “Are you clear of warrants and stuff?”

Zimmerman: “Absolutely, sir”

Officer: “As long as you don’t have any warrants you’ll be cut loose with a warning OK? Just take it easy. Just go ahead and shut your glove compartment. Protect your firearm OK?”

Then Zimmerman was let go. Just like that. No ticket for speeding was issued. Only a “Just slow down a little for me.”

But the incident raises some questions.

1. Why didn’t he get a ticket if he were speeding? Did he get special consideration because he was George Zimmerman?

2. What is Zimmerman doing in Texas? Which makes us wonder, what’s next on the Zimmerman agenda?

3. What does Zimmerman mean when he said he’s going “nowhere in particular”? Would we get away with an answer like that if a cop stopped us? And where is “nowhere” to Zimmerman?

4. Why didn’t the cop recognize him? His picture has been everywhere, day and night for over a year.

5. Why did Zimmerman even ask the cop if he didn’t recognize him, like he was glorying in being the guy who shot Trayvon Martin and got acquitted?

The police are remaining mum about the traffic stop, but Zimmerman later tweeted:  “Our family receives many death threats. We all continue to take our security seriously and to ensure our safety in accordance with the law.”

So that is why he was armed. Or perhaps he is always armed, ready for anything. But where was Zimmerman  headed?

Stay tuned for more in the George Zimmerman saga. You know there’s more to come.

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Catherine Poe

Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

Catherine has been published in a diverse range of newspapers and magazines, including Newsday, Star Democrat, Rocky Mountain News, Yellowstone News, and the Massachusetts Review.

If Catherine has learned anything over the years it is that progressive change does not come easily, but in baby steps. 

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