George Zimmerman, during the trial of murder of Trayvon Martin (Source: Reuters)
In the aftermath of a controversial acquittal, especially after one that attracted the mass media like flies to a light bulb, one would think an accused person, be it murderer or rapist or what have you, would stay low and wait until the storm passes before they start moving around in public. More often than not, they do not. They take in some of the fame, do something stupid, maybe write a tell-all book on their side of the story. They get in trouble, or they bask in that they successfully averted a terrible fate. But odds are, they are mounting a campaign to take in what few seconds left of fame they have.
Which makes this story all the more stunning and weird. A few days after the conclusion of the Trayvon Martin murder trial, a car overturned in an accident on Florida Route 417 near the intersection with Interstate Route 4 in the town Sanford. A family was trapped underneath. A man passing by stopped his vehicle, followed proper procedure in dealing with an overturned car (including verifying that nothing is likely to fire), and managed to get the family out of the car. That man was George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin's killer.
A spokesman for George Zimmerman's lawyer confirmed the incident occurring last Wednesday. After completing all the procedures, he managed to get everyone out of the car before the arrival of first responders, including paramedics. Zimmerman would make a statement to the sheriff's deputy, who recognized him, before leaving the scene.
In the aftermath of protests for justice for Trayvon Martin, this comes off as a shock. Not so much because it happened, especially since Zimmerman did have a history of voluntary community service, but because that's what happened after all this. Perhaps it is an attempt at redemption. Maybe it is just attempting to return to normal. No doubt that people are already arguing that it's a PR stunt, or a conspiracy to make Zimmerman look better. For their part, Sanford and Seminole County Police have been silent on the matter. In a situation as tragic and rage-inducing as Trayvon Martin's murder, one really has no answer for a positive incident such as this one. I myself have no idea what to make of this. None.