According to a new report, George Zimmerman — who infamously shot and killed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 — was punched in the face after allegedly bragging about the incident with the unarmed teen.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the 32-year-old complimented a man, named Joseph Whitmer, on his confederate flag tattoo. When Mr. Whitmer thanked him he allegedly asked “Aren’t you that guy,” reportedly prompting Zimmerman to say yes and pull out his ID.
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When Whitmer asked about the case, Zimmerman alleged said he killed the teen in self-defense, at which point the man confronted him and said, “You’re bragging about that?”
Zimmerman allegedly said he wasn’t looking for any trouble, at which point the man reportedly punched him in the face before Zimmerman called 911.
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“This man just punched me in the face,” he told the emergency dispatcher. “He said he was going to kill me. You need to sent three or four cops.”
Zimmerman told the Sentinel that he believes that the incident was the result of a “misunderstanding” with Whitmer, though several patrons of the restaurant where the incident took place corroborated claims that Zimmerman was bragging about his 2012 run-in with Martin.