An unnamed former co-worker told the NY Daily News that George Zimmerman, who says he killed black teen Trayvon Martin out of self-defense, was paid under-the-table for providing security for illegal house parties between 2001 and 2005, but was fired because his anger issues “became a liability” and he was “being too aggressive."
The former co-worker said: “Usually he was just a cool guy. He liked to drink and hang with the women like the rest of us. … But it was like Jekyll and Hyde. When the dude snapped, he snapped.”
“He had a temper and he became a liability. One time this woman was acting a little out of control. She was drunk. George lost his cool and totally overreacted. … It was weird, because he was such a cool guy, but he got all nuts. He picked her up and threw her. It was pure rage. She twisted her ankle. Everyone was flipping out.”
In 2005, the same year that Zimmerman lost his security guard job, he became involved in a scuffle with state alcohol agents. He was arrested for “resisting officer with violence” and “battery of law enforcement officer,” both third-degree felonies.
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Those charges were dropped after he agreed to enter an alcohol education program.
MSNBC reported that his ex-fiancee, Veronica Zuazo, alleged domestic violence and filed a motion for a restraining order in 2005. Zimmerman then filed for a restraining order against Zuazo and both later dropped their motions.