Father: George Zimmerman Is Never Violent ‘Unless Provoked’

George Zimmerman’s father told a Florida judge on Friday morning that he believes his son has never been violent “unless he was provoked.” But even then, he said, his son avoids confrontations.

“I’ve never known him to be violent at all unless he was provoked and then he would turn the other cheek,” Robert Zimmerman Sr. said during his son’s bond hearing. George Zimmerman is asking to be released while awaiting trial for the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Despite the father’s claim, Florida prosecutors have continued to pepper him with questions about past incidents in which George Zimmerman has been accused of violence. In one instance, he was accused of accosting a law enforcement officer. In another, he was accused of being violent with a former fiance.

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