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A police officer in Texas recently pulled over George Zimmerman for speeding and then proceeded to let him off with a warning.
Zimmerman, who was acquitted by a Florida jury two weeks ago for the death of Trayvon Martin, was stopped at 12:47 p.m. on Sunday on Highway 80 by a Forney, Texas.
The police cruiser's dash camera recorded the police stop and the officer can be heard asking Zimmerman "Where you headed?"
Zimmerman responded, "Nowhere in particular," and then asks the officer if he recognized the name on the driver's license.
The officer responded: "what a coincidence."
During the traffic stop Zimmerman informed the officer that he had a firearm in the vehicles glove compartment. Later during the stop the officer is heard telling Zimmerman that he can shut the glove compartment containing the firearm.
In a brief statement on Twitter his legal team said, "For his safety, we won't make any comments about Zimmerman's whereabouts, and we will work to protect his privacy." Zimmerman has been the target of death threats even before the trial began.
Zimmerman, 29, has a concealed carry permit in Florida that was re-instated after the trial, making him legally entitled to transport and possess a weapon in Texas and many other states.
The case had sparked a furious debate across the United States with Zimmerman accused of racially profiling the teenager as he returned home from a local convenience store after buying a soda and some skittles.
Zimmerman called 911 to report a "suspicious" person in the neighborhood and was told not to pursue by the dispatcher, but instead await police to attend. However, prosecutors allege that he continued to follow Martin, and the two later came to blows as an altercation broke out.
In the fight, Zimmerman had claimed that Martin, who himself was unarmed, went for the neighborhood watchman's gun, so Zimmerman described that he was forced to shoot him.