Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman stopped for speeding on Texas highway

Footage captured by a police dashboard shows Mr Zimmerman being pulled over in Dallas

George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, has been stopped for speeding on a Texas highway.

Police in Forney, 20 miles east of Dallas, confirmed Mr Zimmerman was pulled over on Sunday. A police dashboard video shows an officer speaking to the former neighbourhood watch volunteer. The officer can then be seen instructing Mr Zimmerman to reduce his speed before releasing him with a warning.

The unidentified officer asks Mr Zimmerman: "Where you headed this weekend?" After an inaudible response, the officer continues: "Nowhere in particular? Why you say that?"

"You didn't see my name?" Mr Zimmerman replies. The officer confirms that he has not and upon realising his identity, he asks if he is clear of warrants, to which Mr Zimmerman replies "absolutely sir".

Mr Zimmerman then says something else unintelligible and the officer responds: "Calm down man, you're good."

The officer then tells him: "I'm going to go back (to check his licence), and why don't you slow down a little bit for me. We'll let you off with a warning."

After another unintelligible response from Mr Zimmerman, the officer says: "Just take it easy. Go ahead and shut your glove compartment. Don't play with your firearm."

Despite the officer's comments indicating Mr Zimmerman had a gun, a weapon cannot be seen in the footage and it is not clear if he was in possession of one. The gun used in Trayvon Martin's shooting remains in the custody of the US government, which is looking into a possible civil rights case.

Mr Zimmerman had a concealed weapons permit in Florida that would be also recognised under Texas law.

After returning Mr Zimmerman's driving licence, the officer says: "All right, sir. Slow down." He wishes Mr Zimmerman a safe trip.

The speed limit on that stretch of road is 60mph, but police records do not state the speed at which Mr Zimmerman was driving, according to Forney City Manager Brian Brooks. Police handled Mr Zimmerman as they would have any other motorist in a comparable situation and gave him no special treatment, Mr Brooks added.

Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for Mr Zimmerman's legal team, said they had not been able to confirm the account of the police stop independently, but said he had no reason not to believe the report.

"Any time his life intersects with anyone now, somehow that's news," Mr Vincent said. "How many people, when they get a warning, become a national headline?"

Mr Vincent would not discuss what Mr Zimmerman was doing in Texas or reveal any information concerning his current location, citing safety concerns.

Mr Zimmerman's acquittal on July 13 prompted nationwide rallies calling for a civil rights probe and federal charges against him.

The death of Trayvon, 17, in Sanford, Florida, sparked national debate about equal justice, racial profiling, gun control and self-defence laws.

Protesters lashed out against police in Sanford after it took 44 days for Mr Zimmerman to be arrested. Many, including Trayvon's parents, said Mr Zimmerman had racially profiled the teenager. Mr Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

The only other time Mr Zimmerman has been seen in public since his acquittal was when he helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle following a road accident in suburban Orlando.

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
tvSeries celebrates 20th anniversary
Sport
Yaya Touré (left) and Bayern Munich’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat
football
Life and Style
Jack Cooksey goes for the grand unveiling - moments before dropping his new iPhone 6 on the floor
iphone launch
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Life and Style
Life and Style
Customers look at the new iPhones on display at the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iphone 6 plus at the Apple IFC store in Hong Kong
Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

Sport
Wembley Stadium
footballNews follows deal with Germany
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Voices
voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
Sport
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo
football

Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear
tv

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style
life

News
ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
Life and Style
fashion

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Sport
Andros Townsend is challenged by Vladimir Volkov
football
Arts and Entertainment
Rapper Jay Z performs on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2008
musicSinger sued over use of the single-syllable sample in 'Run This Town'
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Nursery assistants required across Cambridgeshire

£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Nursery assistants re...

SEN 1:1 Teacher

£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you a qualified teache...

SEN Teachers and Support Staff

£50 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you an SEN Teacher or L...

English and Media Teacher

£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: English & Media Teacher - ...

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week