Monday, July 22, 2013

Some hail George Zimmerman a hero after he helps rescue a family from an overturned SUV

George Zimmerman, who was recently found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, may have redeemed himself -- at least to some -- when he came to the rescue of a family of who were trapped in an overturned vehicle, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said on Monday.

The incident took place last Thursday, as the nation continued to be embroiled in a debate over "Stand Your Ground" laws and the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman and another man came to the aid of the family -- two parents and two children -- who were trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer that had overturned after leaving the highway in Sanford, Fla. at approximately 5:45 p.m.

By the team a deputy arrived onscene, Zimmerman and the other man had already helped the family exit the SUV. The police statement said:
Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after making contact with the deputy. There were (sic) no report of injuries.
It is unclear whether or not Zimmerman and the other man placed themselves in any significant danger while helping the family.

A jury of six women acquitted Zimmerman, who pleaded self-defense, of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges on July 13. Since then, protests have taken place across the nation, highlighted by "Justice for Trayvon" rallies that were held Saturday in over 100 cities.

His lawyers have said that Zimmerman has been the subject of death threats, and that he has been wearing a bullet-proof vest whenever he ventures out in public. Zimmerman's parents told ABC News' Barbara Walters they have also received death threats as a result of the incident and the verdict.

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