The neighborhood watchman who in February shot 17-year-old Trayvon
Martin was once fired from his job as a security guard for “being too
aggressive,” according to a new report.
An unnamed former co-worker told the New York Daily News
that George Zimmerman was paid under-the-table for providing security
for illegal house parties between 2001 and 2005, but was let go because
his anger issues “became a liability.”
“Usually he was just a cool guy,” the former co-worker explained. “He
liked to drink and hang with the women like the rest of us. … But it
was like Jekyll and Hyde. When the dude snapped, he snapped.”
“He had a temper and he became a liability,” he recalled. “One
time this woman was acting a little out of control. She was drunk.
George lost his cool and totally overreacted. … It was weird, because he
was such a cool guy, but he got all nuts. He picked her up and threw
her. It was pure rage. She twisted her ankle. Everyone was flipping
In 2005, the same year that Zimmerman lost his security guard job, he was also arrested
for “resisting officer with violence” and “battery of law enforcement
officer,” both third-degree felonies. Those charges were dropped after
he agreed to enter an alcohol education program.
that his ex-fiancee, Veronica Zuazo, alleged domestic violence and
filed a motion for a restraining order in 2005. Zimmerman then filed for
a restraining order against Zuazo and both later dropped their motions.
Even with all this history, the former co-worker said he was shocked to hear the news that Zimmerman killed Martin.
“He definitely loved being in charge,” he said. “He loved the power. Still, I could never see him killing someone. Never.”
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