In an unexpected turn of events, the previously acquitted George Zimmerman has been charged with physical assault of his long-term girlfriend last Monday. The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, called 911 in the early afternoon and claimed that Zimmerman had broken a glass table, threatened her with a shotgun, and ultimately pushed her out of the house, according to reports.
This arrest was the latest legal problem for Zimmerman since he was previously acquitted last July for charges in the fatal shootings of Trayvon Martin, who was an unarmed African-American teenager. Zimmerman’s acquittal from the charges, and the Florida case ignited nationwide outrage, especially visible in social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr in the teenager community. It also led to countrywide debates regarding the Stand Your Ground defense laws as enforced in Florida and other states.