George Zimmerman was removed from a cigar bar in Florida after a confrontation in which he used a racial slur and yelled at a female employee, according to law enforcement officials.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office stated that the incident involving Zimmerman, the man who has been acquitted in the 2012 killing of an unarmed black 17-year-old boy, Trayvon Martin, took place Wednesday night at the Corona Cigar Company in Sanford.
A deputy was dispatched to the scene just after 11pm in response to a report about possible battery involving a woman named Amanda Horne, who was in Zimmerman’s group of friends.
While the deputy was in the back reviewing surveillance footage, he heard a commotion at the front and found Zimmerman, 33, yelling at a waitress, according to an incident report cited by WFTV.
The woman explained to the deputy that she was trying to get Zimmerman’s group to pay their bill when he snatched the credit card from her hand and began yelling at her.
The manager of the bar, Chip Brown, informed the deputy that Zimmerman had caused multiple disturbances at his establishment and he wanted the man escorted out.
Before he left, Zimmerman reportedly told the manager, ‘I didn’t know you were a [racial slur] lover,’ the report stated.
Zimmerman’s friends also reportedly had been using racial epitaphs towards other bar patrons throughout the night, according to ClickOrlando.
A short time after Zimmerman walked away, he called 911, gave his name to an emergency dispatcher as ‘John Doe’ and asked to speak with a supervisor about an unrelated battery. A sergeant was sent to the bar to speak to the complainant.
The deputy who was initially called to scene offered Zimmerman to look into his battery complaint, to which he responded that another patron, a black man by the name Floyd Narcisse, came up to him saying, ‘Zimmerman, what are you doing here?’
When Zimmerman asked Narcisse to leave him alone, he allegedly hit him twice on the shoulder,
However, surveillance video from inside the bar along with witness accounts painted a different picture of what had transpired.
The report stated that Narcisse came up to Zimmerman with an extended hand, in a gesture of greeting and as if attempting to shake Zimmerman’s hand.
Zimmerman ignored the man, who then tapped him twice on the arm. Zimmerman told Narcisse not to touch him, to which he replied, ‘I will do whatever I want.’
The deputy concluded in the incident report that Narcisse had no ill will towards Zimmerman and there was no probable cause to charge him with any crime.
The deputy then tried to convince Zimmerman to fill out a sworn voluntary statement form, but the man allegedly ‘became belligerent’ and refused to cooperate.
When Zimmerman finally relented, he wrote on the form that he wanted to press charges and described the deputy as ‘incompetent’ and ‘under qualified [sic] to flip burgers.’
Zimmerman then warned the officer that he would remember him and threatened to sue the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. The incident at the bar concluded with no arrests or injuries.
In the Trayvon Martin case, Zimmerman, a former Neighborhood Watch volunteer, claimed self-defense and was acquitted of charges in the shooting, a verdict that sparked protests and a national debate about race relations. Martin was black, and Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic.
Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has been involved in several altercations, including multiple domestic violence incidents involving different girlfriends.
In January 2015, Zimmerman was arrested for allegedly hurling a wine bottle at his girlfriend’s head as the two argued over a painting he wanted returned to him. Prosecutors ultimately opted not to file charges in that case.
In September, Matthew Apperson was found guilty of attempted murder for firing a gun at Zimmerman during a road-rage incident.