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Zimmerman arm-in-arm with police — this time

Something stood out for me as I watched George Zimmerman being led back to jail in Sanford, Fla., for the murder of Trayvon Martin. You may recall that when 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer was brought in for questioning after he killed the unarmed 17-year-old, he looked like he had a run of the place.

Sure, Zimmerman was in handcuffs. But did you notice how Zimmerman walked unescorted around that motorcycle? How police officers never physically had custody of him? That wasn’t the case on Saturday. After a judge revoked Zimmerman’s $150,000 bond on Friday for misleading the court about his finances, he was given 48 hours to surrender. After he alighted from the vehicle this time, the mistakes of the past were not repeated.

Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara said that financial falsehoods told at the April hearing by Zimmerman and his wife were the result of cloudy judgment due to threats to their lives. This is so not helpful for whatever credibility he had before all this.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


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