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‘Muslim-Free’ Gun Store Now Selling George Zimmerman’s Confederate Flag Paintings

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: #eeeeee;">In this July 9, 2013, file photo, George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom for a lunch break during his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Florida.</span></span>
CREDIT: JOE BURBANK/ORLANDO SENTINEL/ASSOCIATED PRESS In this July 9, 2013, file photo, George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom for a lunch break during his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Florida.


George Zimmerman, who rose to national notoriety in 2012 after shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, is now selling prints of a Confederate flag painting, in part to benefit a Florida gun store owner who is facing a lawsuit after declaring his business “Muslim-free.”

The prints — copies of an original work hand-painted by Zimmerman — are available for about $50 each at Florida Gun Supply in the city of Inverness. Andy Hallinan, the store’s owner, declared his store a “Muslim-free” zone in a July YouTube video, on the grounds that he did not want to “arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations subsequently filed a lawsuit against Hallinan,  WFLA reports.

Zimmerman had initially set out to paint an American flag, but after hearing about that lawsuit, he “decided to scrap the original American Flag painting and repaint it with a Confederate (Battle) Flag,” according to an FAQ section about the painting on the Florida Gun Supply site.

The painting is emblazoned with the words “The 2nd protects our 1st” — a reference to both the Bill of Rights and the way Zimmerman changed his painting from an American flag to a Confederate flag.

“You cannot have the 1st amendment without the 2nd, and you cannot have the American Flag if you remove the Battle Flag,” the FAQ reads — evidently a nod toward the idea that the rights represented by the American flag, like free speech, protect the rights of citizens to display the Confederate battle flag.

The FAQ says that proceeds from the prints will be split between Zimmerman and Hallinan to “support their legal funds, living expenses and advancing their mission to change the country,” and that the men will donate an unspecified percentage to the Boys & Girls Club. Everyone who buys a print will also be entered into a raffle to win the original painting, which the site says “could be worth up to $100,000.”

An earlier Zimmerman painting of an American flag did indeed sell for about that much in 2013.

The FAQ is emphatic about how the Confederate flag is not “a symbol of racism,” arguing that “you cannot assume everyone who flies a Confederate Flag is racist in the same way that you cannot judge every Muslim to be a terrorist” — a line of reasoning that doesn’t quite explain why Hallinan has declared his business a Muslim-free zone.

The site also includes a 10-minute video of Hallinan mostly criticizing the mainstream media, which you can watch below.

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Judge Dismisses Zimmerman Lawsuit Against NBC

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Judge Debra Nelson said the malice standard was appropriate because Zimmerman became a public figure after he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford in February 2012, generating a national conversation about race and self-defense laws.

Zimmerman was acquitted last year for Martin’s shooting. He said he shot Martin in self-defense when the teenager attacked him. Martin was Black. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

Zimmerman “voluntarily injected his views into the public controversy surrounding race relations and public safety in Sanford and pursued a course of conduct that ultimately led to the death of Martin and the specific controversy surrounding it,” said Nelson, who presided over Zimmerman’s criminal trial last summer.

In his lawsuit, Zimmerman said NBC’s editing of a story on the shooting made it sound as if Zimmerman voluntarily told an operator that Martin was Black. He was actually responding to a dispatcher’s question about the Miami teen’s race. Zimmerman said the broadcasts made his seem like a racist and exposed him to public ridicule and threats. He was seeking damages for emotional distress and mental anguish.

Zimmerman also said he was defamed when an NBC reporter said he uttered a racial slur during the call with the dispatcher. Zimmerman denied using a slur and law enforcement analyses of the call have been unable to conclude what he said and so defamation can’t be proved on that case either, the judge said.

Zimmerman’s attorney, James Beasley, was in depositions for another case Monday and didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

NBC News spokeswoman Ali Zelenko said in a statement that the network is “gratified by the court’s dismissal of this lawsuit, which we have always believed to be without merit.”

Zimmerman still owes his defense attorneys $2.5 million. Any award he could have gotten from the lawsuit was expected to help him pay those bills.

A spokesman for Mark O’Mara, one of Zimmerman’s attorneys, didn’t have an immediate comment.


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Well, whuddya know? Mister Standyerground was a flop at a Florida gun show. Looks like the shark has been jumped:

George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman who was acquitted of the shooting and killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, failed to draw many fans at an Orlando gun show on Saturday, according to the NY Daily News.

Zimmerman, whose appearance was advertised on the New Orlando Gun Show Facebook page with, “Come on out and meet George Z! He’s here a few more hours. And no matter what you read, there are no protesters, lunatics or other varieties of a– clowns,” failed to draw many curiosity seekers.

Over the course of six hours, fewer than 20 people at the gun show asked for a free autographed photo of Zimmerman, who was situated in a rear office of The Arms Room gun store in Orlando.

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Celebrity boxing match between George Zimmerman and DMX canceled

George Zimmerman and DMX fight is off, says its promoter.

New York Daily News

Promoter Damon Feldman announced Saturday he plans to walk away from the scheduled bout due to outrage from the public. ‘I’ve made the choice to cancel the fight w [sic] George Zimmermann more to life then [sic] money,’ he tweeted Saturday.

A celebrity boxing match between George Zimmerman and rapper DMX is off as the promoter said he would rather make people happy than make money from the fight. 

In a series of tweets Saturday afternoon Damon Feldman explained his decision to cancel the match that was announced earlier this week.

“This was the wrong person to put in the ring and define celebrity boxing thank you,” he tweeted from his handle @hollywoodbox11. “I walked away from av [sic] million dollar payday with this fight but to be honest I’d rather be happy and make people happy thank you.”

Feldman told TMZ he selected the musician out of a pool of more than 15,000 willing fighters to get in the ring with the infamous killer of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. In January Zimmerman, 30, said he has been training for months for a boxing match.

But due to concerns from the public Feldman apologized Saturday and said he did not wish to go through with it.

“I wasn’t being disrespected [sic] to anyone I had a plan here with this fight I’ll let you know soon hope everyone is happy I’m very sorry,” he tweeted. “I want to thank everyone for the good n [sic] bad comments I’ve made the choice to cancel the fight w George Zimmermann [sic] more to life then [sic] money.”

He also tweeted he wanted nothing to do with a Zimmerman fight.

DMX, 43, told TMZ he couldn’t wait however, couldn’t wait to fight the former neighborhood watchman of a gated community in Sanford Fla. He was acquitted last summer of murder and manslaughter charges after the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon to in 2012.

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George Zimmerman To Fight Rapper DMX In Celebrity Boxing Match

Rapper, DMX | AP Photo / Peter Kramer

Although it’s obviously a ploy for George Zimmerman to raise money from his supporters as well as garner publicity, this should be an interesting event…if it actually happens.

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That George Zimmerman charity boxing match is really happening, and now he has an opponent.

Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman said in a news release that he picked rapper DMX out of a pool of 15,000 e-mailed requests to participate. “The match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time,” the release read, as quoted by CNN.

Zimmerman previously said the match was his idea, and that he had been training since “prior to the incident.” He was acquitted in 2012 in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.

DMX was pretty fired up for the bout. He told TMZ he was prepared to break every rule in boxing “to make sure I f**k him right up.”

The time and date of the match will be announced next week, according to CNN.

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George Zimmerman willing to fight anyone — even black people — in celebrity boxing match

George Zimmerman mug shot via Seminole County Sheriff’s Office

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Would you like to punch George Zimmerman in the face?

At least one person will in a celebrity boxing match set to air March 1 online and by pay per view, reported TMX, with at least some of the proceeds going to charity.

“Boxing isn’t new to me,” Zimmerman told Radar Online. “It’s something I had picked up well before the incident and it’s something that I liked, I enjoyed, and I kept up with it and I was able to lose a tremendous amount of weight and get a healthy lifestyle.”

The “incident” he’s referring to is the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old who Zimmerman suspected of criminal activity and followed in his Florida neighborhood.

Zimmerman was eventually acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the case, which became a focal point for racial tensions.

Prospective challengers are urged to contact promoters by email at, and promoter Damon Feldman said Zimmerman would be willing to fight a black person.

“We’re not looking at it as a race thing,” Feldman said. “We haven’t discussed purple, yellow, white, black.”

One challenger – California rapper The Game — has already stepped forward.

“I will beat the f*ck out of him,” the rapper told TMZ. “I would not be boxing for me. I’d be boxing for the legacy of Trayvon Martin and for his family.”

“I would box him to knock him out,” said The Game, who has a tattoo of the slain teen on his leg. “I would definitely take pleasure in it. It’s legal, and I want to show him you can solve your disputes without a weapon.”

Zimmerman said the boxing match was his idea.

“Prior to the incident I was actually going to the gym for weight loss and doing boxing-type training for weight loss,” Zimmerman said, “and a mutual friend put me in contact with Damon and provided me with an opportunity and motivation to get back in shape and continue with my weight loss goals and also be able to help a charity out.”

He declined to identify the charity or say whether he would be paid for the match.

“I’d love to tell you [the charity] but unfortunately there’s so much animosity still from people out there, that if I name the charity now they would get bombarded with negativity, so I’d rather not,” Zimmerman said. “I’ll leave it up to them to say if they want it to be publicized or not. But I will tell you that it’s an animal rescue.”

After his July 2012 acquittal, Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law but was not charged in a domestic violence case against his estranged wife, and his girlfriend recanted her allegations against him in another domestic violence case.

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WATCH: George Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Reveals Disturbing New Details in Police Video

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Last November, after a heated domestic dispute and a frantic call to 911, George Zimmerman’s girlfriend told police that he had threatened her with a shotgun. The allegations were eerily similar to those lodged by Zimmerman’s ex-wife following his acquittal on charges of murdering unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, and they seemed to signal a pattern of uncontrolled violence.

Zimmerman’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Samantha Scheibe, later recanted the accusations, saying in a sworn statement that she was “intimidated” during police questioning and believed investigators had “misinterpreted” her words. But a recently released video of Scheibe’s police interview casts doubt on her disavowal. It also adds credibility and violent new detail to Scheibe’s original account.



Far from intimidating, the officer who questioned Scheibe, Stephen LaGuardia of the Seminole County Sheriff’s office, is a mild-mannered civil servant. And Scheibe’s description of events was detailed and vivid—not exactly the kind of thing most people concoct on the fly. Having broken off the relationship, Scheibe said she told Zimmerman to leave her house. He began packing his belongings, including his AR-15 assault rifle. As he removed the clip and shoved it in his rifle bag, a bullet fell on the floor. Zimmerman then grabbed and cocked his shotgun, apparently so that there was a shell in the chamber, and stuffed it in the rifle bag, too.

Scheibe began carrying Zimmerman’s belongings outside “to get him out faster,” at which point Zimmerman grew agitated and retrieved the shotgun. “The bag was right there, let’s just say this is the couch, he grabbed it, unlocked it, opened it,” she explained, acting out Zimmerman’s gestures. Initially, she suspected Zimmerman might commit suicide. “I was trying to figure out, honestly, whether or not he intended to hurt me or himself.” But then, Scheibe said, he pointed the gun at her.

Scheibe also described Zimmerman smashing her table and and her eyeglasses with the butt of the shotgun. Later, she revealed that she had “threatened to call the cops on him before” because “he has episodes.” During one such episode she claimed that Zimmerman—who was jealous that she had been texting her former boyfriend—choked her so violently that it bruised her throat. When asked her why she hadn’t called the police then, Scheibe replied, “Because I feel like he always gets off.” These words turned out to be prescient: Last month, after Scheibe recanted her allegations, prosecutors dropped the domestic violence and assault charges against Zimmerman.

The entire video is worth a look.

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eBay removes anti-Zimmerman artwork the same day Zimmerman’s painting sells for $100k


Is this yet another commentary on our divided nation

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Over the weekend, online auction-house ebay removed an anti-racist painting critical of George Zimmerman on the same day it allowed Zimmerman to sell one of his own paintings for over $100,000.

On Saturday, an 18-by-24-inch oil painting by “therealgeorgez” — better known as George Zimmerman — was purchased on eBay for $100,099.99. In the question and answer section beneath the auction, Zimmerman even said that “whoever wins within the Continental United States, will receive this painting deliver by me personally.”

Zimmerman’s medium is “regular household latex paint,” which he used because “I needed to put these visions onto the blank canvas as soon as possible.” George Zimmerman currently owes his legal team over $2.5 million. 

On the same day Zimmerman’s auction closed, ebay removed the anti-racist painting that artist Michael D’Antuono had created in the days after the death of Trayvon Martin. Fifty percent of the proceeds from D’Antuono’s auction were to have gone to the Trayvon Martin Foundation, and with five days left to bid, the price for the painting had already exceeded $25,000.

Then eBay “pull[ed] the plug.” On his blog, D’Antuono wonders why “Zimmerman was allowed to capitalize on his ill-gotten notoriety, [whereas] I was denied the opportunity to raise funds to help the very foundation named in honor of Zimmerman’s victim.”

In an email from eBay that D’Antuono shared with Raw Story, eBay claims that the painting violates its strictures that “[i]tems promoting or glorifying hatred, violence, or racial or religious intolerance aren’t allowed. Items that promote organizations with these views are also prohibited.”

According to the email, “[t]he painting you listed appears to contain images or icons associated with the KKK which are not allowed to be listed on our site as they represent an organization that glorifies hate and violence.”

D’Antuono told Raw Story that he was “outraged” that eBay would mistake a criticism of a hate-group for a statement that “promot[es] or glorif[ies]” one.

D’Antuono will attempt to auction the piece off privately, and remains committed to donating half of the proceeds to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.


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Victims’ Rights Advocate Blasts Conduct Of George Zimmerman’s Attorney, Fears For Girlfriend’s Safety

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I only hope there will not be a worse outcome as an epilogue to this bizarre man’s behavior…

Think Progress

The leader of a prominent advocacy group for domestic violence victims sharply criticized the recent conduct of George Zimmerman’s attorney, Jayne Weintraub, and expressed concern for the safety of the alleged victim. Rita Smith, the Executive Director of the National Coalition To Prevent Domestic Violence suggested that Zimmerman’s girlfriend may have been “manipulated” into recanting her allegations against Zimmerman.

Weintraub recently submitted a motion requesting the terms of George Zimmerman’s bail be modified to allow contact with the alleged victim, his girlfriend Samantha Scheibe. On November 18, Zimmerman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault against Scheibe. At that time, she told the police that Zimmerman “cocked and pointed a shotgun at [her], shattered a glass-top table, then pushed her out of the house and barricaded himself inside.” She also told authorities that, in a separate incident a week and a half prior to the arrest, “he tried to choke her.” Weintraub’s motion asserts “it was the police, not Mr. Zimmerman, who intimidated her.”

Attached to Weintraub’s motion was a signed affidavit from Scheibe, recanting her story to the police and declaring that she wants to “be with George.” The Weintraub motion also revealed that she had been in communication with Scheibe regarding the matter.

Smith called Weintraub’s conduct in the matter “not appropriate.” She said that Weintraub’s involvement in submitting the affidavit to the court raised the prospect that Scheibe had been “manipulated” or “coerced” into recanting. Smith said that, if Scheibe approached Weintraub with a desire to recant her story, she should have referred her back to the State’s Attorney or to her personal attorney. It’s Weintraub’s role to prioritize the interests of Zimmerman, Smith said, so she is not a position to advise his alleged victim. Smith said that, as a victims rights advocate, she is concerned for Scheibe’s safety.

The affidavit submitted by Scheibe is written in the first person, but the frequent use of legal jargon suggests it was not written by her alone. For example Ms. Scheibe, who is not an attorney, writes “I make this decision, freely, knowingly and voluntarily, without any intimidation or undue influences. Neither George Zimmerman nor anyone on his behalf has threatened me or coerced me or subjected me to any undue influences.” (Her affidavit, however, does not state that she has not been in contact with Zimmerman, despite the no contact order that was the condition of her bail.)

Smith says that Scheibe’s decision to recant her story and stop cooperating with the prosecutors is not uncommon in domestic violence situations. Even without her cooperation, prosecutors could move forward with the case if they believe they have enough evidence to get a conviction. Evidence still available to them includes the original 911 call, Scheibe’s original statements to the police and any physical evidence collected from Scheibe’s home, where the incident occurred.

An email to Weintraub requesting comment was not immediately returned.

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The Curious Case Of George Zimmerman’s Public Defender

George Zimmerman with his public defender, Jeff Dowdy
George ZImmerman with his public defender, Jeff Dowdy | CREDIT: AP

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A few months ago Jeff Dowdy — a Florida criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of experience — was in private practice representing Robert Zimmerman, Jr., the brother of George Zimmerman. No, Robert had not been accused of a crime. Rather, he was engaged in a “national media crusade” to defend his brother and attack his critics. (He first gained prominence when he posted a series of racist tweets about Trayvon Martin, for which he later apologized.) Dowdy subsequently became a dutiful, if somewhat more subdued, sidekick.

In August, for example, Dowdy appeared with Robert on an two hour broadcast of “Armed American Radio,” a fringe show produced by the The United States Concealed Carry Association. (Sample content: “We are now faced with the most ANTI-FREEDOM, GUN HATING, SOCIALIST-DRIVEN administration and agenda in our nation’s history…The onslaught of gun-haters who want to take away your freedoms CAN NOT AND WILL NOT GO UNATTENDED…”) On the broadcast, Dowdy — who was introduced as Robert’s lawyer — described George Zimmerman as an “altar boy,” who clearly acted in self-defense. Dowdy agreed that the only reason Trayon Martin’s killing was a source of controversy was because “people have been brainwashed in New York City that you have to run away.” He called the decision to prosecute George Zimmerman “reprehensible.”

Today, Dowdy is the taxpayer-financed public defender for George Zimmerman as he faces new charges for assaulting his girlfriend with a shotgun.

How did it happen that a highly-skilled veteran lawyer — deeply familiar and sympathetic to George Zimmerman — ended up being his lawyer, for free?

To find out, ThinkProgress contacted Blaise Trettis, who is in charge of the Public Defenders of Brevard and Seminole Counties. In an interview, Trettis said that, in fact, Dowdy had not been assigned to Zimmerman. Within the public defender’s office, lawyers are assigned automatically based on the judge presiding over the case. There are two public defenders who handle the cases before each judge, each taking half of the alphabet. In this instance, Zimmerman’s case is in the court room of Judge Fred Schott and he was assigned public defender Daniel Megaro. Indeed, Megaro is representing Zimmmerman on the case.

So where does Dowdy come in?

A few weeks ago, Dowdy left his private practice to become the Chief Assistant Public Defender for Seminole County. According to Trettis, Dowdy does not normally handle individual cases because he has to manage the entire county. When Dowdy does get involved, it would typically be in very serious cases like first degree murder. But, Trettis said, Dowdy has the “discretion” to assign himself as the attorney in any case. And that is exactly what he did in the case of George Zimmerman, assigning himself as an additional lawyer.

Trettis said that, Dowdy’s prior work for Robert Zimmerman Jr. notwithstanding, he had no concerns that George Zimmerman was getting special treatment.

For George Zimmerman, landing an experienced attorney like Dowdy was a big break. According to an affidavit filed with the court, Zimmerman said he had total assets of $149 in cash, no bank account and $2.5 million in debt. His previous attorney, Mark O’Mara, will no longer represent him in any matters. (On Armed American Radio, Dowdy describes O’Mara as “an old friend.”)

Still, George Zimmerman is armed with the services of two attorneys, including one with more than 20 years of criminal defense experience. For an indigent defendant in Florida, that is hardly typical. Last year, 64 lawyers in Brevard and Seminole County handled 28,000 cases. Each lawyer handling felonies, such as the one George Zimmerman is charged with, takes on 400 to 500 clients every year. Earlier this year, Florida’s highest court took the extraordinary step of allowing public defenders in Miami-Dade County — who face similar caseloads — to withdraw from cases due to overload. The move could eventually force Florida to provide more funding for public defenders.

Dowdy and Robert Zimmerman Jr. did not return requests for comment.

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