In the years since he shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, former Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman has reportedly lived in fear.
That fear is so strong, his father reportedly told GQ magazine for its upcoming October issue, that he worries it may result in the shooting of some FBI agents.
Robert Zimmerman told GQ that his son is nervous about his safety in general after becoming the focus of national attention following the shooting. He also said his son is concerned about the possibility of being charged with federal civil rights violations, despite being acquitted on state criminal charges last year, according to the magazine.
He’s worried “if FBI agents come and kick in his door, he’s probably gonna shoot a few of them,” Robert Zimmerman said, according to GQ.
Zimmerman’s father stressed in the interview that since the killing, the entire family has lived as outcasts, only managing to get by because of their familial closeness.
According to GQ, the family said they were forced to enact a series of security protocols to protect themselves and moved into a home whose location is unknown to anyone outside the immediate family members.
They watched the movie Argo to learn how to live like CIA. Code names for everyone. No mail delivered to the house. No visitors. No talking to the few neighbors they had. No long phone conversations—keep it short and vague to outwit surveillance. Never discuss your whereabouts via phone or text. Keep a weapon close by at all times. Robert slept with his gun. Still does.
And in case someone—or multiple someones—decided to mount an attack on the house, the Zimmermans pre-packed their own “go-bags” filled with everything they would need to flee in a rush, as well as what they called “footballs”—like the one President Obama has with the nuclear codes—that contained laptops, cell phones, and other essential electronics.
They also memorized a color-coded threat-ID system. Code blue: Law enforcement at the door. Code brown: Draw your weapons. Code black: Come out guns blazing.