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George Zimmerman Helps Rescue Family From Car Crash

Jeremy Fuster |
July 22, 2013 | 4:14 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

 

George Zimmerman (Wikimedia)
George Zimmerman (Wikimedia)
George Zimmerman appeared in public for the first time since he was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin on July 13 when he helped rescue a family trapped in an overturned SUV, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's office.

Zimmerman was found by authorities with another man helping two parents and two children out of a Ford Explorer that had gone off the highway less than a mile from where Zimmerman was accused of killing Martin. Police say Zimmerman did not witness the crash and was released after speaking with the deputy.

SEE ALSO: | Protesters in Downtown L.A. Call For Justice For Trayvon Martin

This is the first time Zimmerman has come out in public since a jury of six women found him not guilty of second degree murder, ruling that he had shot Martin in self defense. ABC News reports that since the acquittal, Zimmerman and his family have received hundreds of death threats and have been forced to go into hiding. ABC also reports that a Florida resident with a cell phone number nearly identical to Zimmerman's home phone number has also received death threats intended for Zimmerman.

Rallies across the nation have been created to support Martin's family and protest the acquittal. Most of the rallies have been peaceful, but some have resulted in violence, including one in Los Angeles that resulted in hundreds of protesters stopping traffic along the 10 Freeway.  The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating Martin's death to see if civil rights charges could be filed against Zimmerman, and has placed a hold on all evidence used in the case, including Zimmerman's gun.

 

SEE ALSO: | President Obama: "Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me"

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