A judge in Florida said on Friday that the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed an unarmed African-American teen was eligible to be released on bond after his parents and wife testified that prior arrests did not mean he had a history of violence.
“I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Zimmerman told the parents of Trayvon Martin upon taking the stand. “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I was. And I did not know if he was armed or not.”
After Zimmerman’s wife of five years, Shellie Zimmerman, told the court that her husband was not a danger to the community, prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda pointed out that the defendant had been forced to take anger management classes because he was arrested for “battery of law enforcement officer.”
De La Rionda offered the following excerpt from the arrest warrant: “I identified myself as a state police officer and showed Zimmerman my badge and asked him to leave the area. He stated, ‘I don’t care who you are.’ I again asked Zimmerman to leave, he then stated the ‘f’ word and said ‘you,’ and at that time I attempted to escort Zimmerman away from the interview room and he struggled away from me and pushed my arms away with his hands. After a short struggle with Zimmerman, he was placed in handcuffs and detained.”
“Did he tell you it was just an misunderstanding or an accident?” the prosecutor asked Shellie Zimmerman.
“No, he didn’t say it was an accident,” Zimmerman’s wife replied.
“So, he admitted that he had struck a police officer when the police officer told him to abide by his commands?” De La Rionda pressed.
“The police officer did not identify himself,” Shellie Zimmerman insisted.
“You would agree that shows prior violence on the part of Mr. Zimmerman, your husband?” De La Rionda wondered.
“No, I don’t,” Shellie Zimmerman answered.
De La Rionda also pointed to a second incident where Zimmerman’s ex-fiance, Veronica Zuazo, alleged domestic violence and filed for a restraining order against him in 2005.
“It says in this affidavit that he, Mr. Zimmerman, pushed her and then he, with his open hand, slapped her in the mouth and asked her how it felt,” the prosecutor remarked.
“I’m aware that he had to protect himself from being attacked by her,” Shellie Zimmerman explained. “And that there was blood drawn on him from her. And he also filed an injunction against her.”
“He is not a violent person, nor a threat to the community,” she concluded.
The prosecution argued that bond should be set at $1 million but Judge Kenneth Lester agreed to allow Zimmerman to post a bond of $150,000. He is currently being held on charges of second degree murder, which could mean life in prison if convicted.
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WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
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White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’
As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.
“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.
California Dem cracks up C-SPAN host: Why are angry GOP callers on the East coast ‘not at work?’
A caller from California noted to C-SPAN on Thursday that many Republican callers on the East coast do not seem to have jobs.
At the close of Thursday's Washington Journal program, C-SPAN host Bill Scanlan spoke to a Democratic caller named Ray from Napa Valley, California.
Ray began by defending House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
"It wouldn't matter who they picked," Ray said. "The GOP -- the Grand Old Party, that's what I like to call them because they are the old party. You know, they're the dividers. My friends that are Republicans, they're the one that are being divided."