George Zimmerman incited a slew of backlash on Sunday when he retweeted a photo of the body of Travyon Martin, the unarmed black teenager he shot and killed in February 2012.
The photo, showing the 17-year-old Martin lying dead in the grass, was posted by Twitter user @SeriousSlav, who included the caption “Z-Man is a one man army,” Raw Story reports.
Zimmerman's brother, Robert, confirmed to The Huffington Post that George Zimmerman's account, @TherealGeorgeZ, is authentic.
Twitter deleted the tweet shortly afterwards,according to the New York Daily News, but Zimmerman’s account remains filled with plenty of disturbing tweets, including one that reads “Cops lives matter, black slime doesnt [sic]”.
But tweeting isn’t all that’s kept Zimmerman in the news since a jury acquitted him of second-degree murder in 2012. He faced accusations of domestic violence from his former wife and a woman he had been dating in 2013.
Zimmerman's former wife said he threatened her family with a gun, but she opted not to press charges.
Later that year, his ex-girlfriend told police he pointed a gun at her face and smashed her coffee table, though she later recanted the accusations.
Last year, he was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly hurling a bottle of wine at another girlfriend.
In August, the Boys & Girls Club denounced Zimmerman's using the organization's name while hawking prints of his painting of the Confederate battle flag.
Zimmerman had teamed up with a Florida gun store owner to sell the prints, and the two parties initially stated that they would be donating some of the proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club. The charity reacted by issuing a statement saying they were never informed of this plan and requested the pair stop using their name.
The gun store in question had previously achieved notoriety when the store owner declared his business a “Muslim-free zone.”
Zimmerman and the store’s owner both claimed that their Confederate flag enterprise had nothing to do with racism.
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