Zimmerman Talks About Trayvon, Gets Punched

Witnesses say he was boasting about killing Trayvon Martin
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2016 1:05 AM CDT
Updated Aug 5, 2016 5:53 AM CDT
Zimmerman Discusses Shooting, Gets Punched
This Jan. 10, 2015, booking photo shows George Zimmerman.   (AP Photo/Seminole County Public Affairs, File)

There are differing accounts of what happened at a Sanford, Fla., restaurant Sunday evening, but three things are clear: George Zimmerman discussed shooting Trayvon Martin, he was punched in the face, and he is no longer welcome at Gators Riverside Grille. WKMG reports that Zimmerman called 911 and said that he had been explaining how he had killed Martin in self-defense when he was punched by a man who accused him of bragging about shooting the teenager. "We were standing right here eating," Zimmerman told a 911 operator. "This man punched me in the face. He said he's gonna kill me. You need to send three or four cops."

Witnesses say Zimmerman approached a table, told a man called Joseph Whitmer that he liked his Confederate flag tattoos, and then pulled out his ID to prove who he was, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Whitmer's wife told police that Zimmerman said, "Hey, I like your racist tattoos," and another witness who was at the table says he asked Zimmerman to go away after he started boasting about the Martin killing. A friend of Zimmerman's told police a different story, saying they had been eating when five men approached them and started yelling at them. Restaurant owner Ed Winters says there was shoving but no punching after one man approached Zimmerman, who has been asked not to come back. "Everywhere this guy goes he causes controversy," Winters says. "You'd think he'd keep a low profile." (More George Zimmerman stories.)

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