First Posted: 03/12/2012 9:13 pm Updated: 03/13/2012 8:02 am
A volunteer community watch captain who shot an unarmed Florida teenager to death last month had been the subject of complaints by neighbors in his gated community for aggressive tactics, a homeowner said.
George Zimmerman has not been charged in the Feb. 26 shooting of
Trayvon Martin, 17, who was walking home from a convenience store in
Sanford, Fla., near Orlando. Zimmerman, who patrolled the Retreat at
Twin Lakes development in his own car, had been called aggressive in
earlier complaints to the local police and the homeowner's association,
according to a homeowner who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
At an emergency homeowner’s association meeting on March 1, “one man
was escorted out because he openly expressed his frustration because he
had previously contacted the Sanford Police Department about Zimmerman
approaching him and even coming to his home,” the resident wrote in an
email to HuffPost. “It was also made known that there had been several
complaints about George Zimmerman and his tactics" in his neighborhood
watch captain role.
The meeting was attended by Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, the
detective assigned to the investigation and an unnamed member of the
city council, according to the homeowner’s association newsletter. The
chief couldn't immediately be reached for comment about the complaints. A
member of the homeowner’s association board, who asked not to be quoted
by name, said she “hadn’t heard about any complaints” about Zimmerman.
Zimmerman's phone number is disconnected and efforts to reach him have
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