George Zimmerman Says He Was Punched in FL Restaurant After Talking About Trayvon Martin

Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images(SANFORD, Fla.) -- George Zimmerman told police he was punched in the face Sunday night at a restaurant in Sanford, Florida, while explaining to fellow diners that he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense, according to a police report released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Martin on February 26, 2012, while on neighborhood watch duty. He was charged with second-degree murder but was acquitted after he was found not guilty by a jury on July 13, 2013.

Zimmerman arrived at Gators Riverside Grill Sunday night to place a takeout order when he complimented a patron's tattoos, he told police. When the man, identified by police as 44-year-old Joseph Whitmer, asked Zimmerman to "prove" that he was "the one" who short Martin, Zimmerman pulled out his driver's license and began to explain that he shot Martin in self defense.

As Zimmerman spoke to Whitmer, another man, identified by police as Eddie, asked Zimmerman if he was "bragging" about shooting Martin. Zimmerman replied no, police said. Eddie later punched Zimmerman in the face after telling him to "get the f*** out" of the restaurant twice, despite Zimmerman stating that he wasn't looking for trouble, according to the police report.

Restaurant staff then deescalated the situation, police said. Based on the statements given by Zimmerman, Whitmer and other witnesses, police determined that Eddie was the aggressor. He is described as a white male with a blonde beard and was wearing an orange shirt. He fled the scene on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, police said.

In a seven-minute 911 call placed by Zimmerman, he said the man "punched him in the face" and "said he was going to kill" him, the audio from the call indicates. The dispatcher asked if Zimmerman could "get away" from the aggressor, and Zimmerman replied that he could, but that his friends were "all around." When asked if anyone had been drinking, Zimmerman replied, "They have, obviously."

When asked for his name, Zimmerman responded that he would "rather give it to the officers when they" got there. He later said about four or five friends of Eddie's were getting in their cars and leaving.

"Y'all better hurry up," Zimmerman said, as he described the motorcycle the man who punched him was leaving in, repeatedly expressing concern that officers would not arrive in time. When asked what started the argument, Zimmerman told the dispatcher, "He recognized me."

Zimmerman then requested to be treated by paramedics because he didn't "know where" he was "bleeding from."

The restaurant also called 911, but when they were called back, an employee told the dispatcher that they "almost" had a fight, but it was broken up.

The offense was listed on the police report as battery, but no one was arrested, as the suspect left before police got to the restaurant.

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Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statue

Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statueMark Wilson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer will issue a statement Friday afternoon after canceling a news conference at which he was expected to "make a major announcement" regarding the local statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the legacy of the woman killed during a protest sparked by the city's plans to remove the statue.

His news conference had been scheduled for noon on Friday, but the mayor tweeted Friday morning that "we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon."

FYI all: we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon. Stay tuned.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

FYI, the reason for the change is we decided a statement rather than a press event was the best medium for the ideas I want to convey today.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

The statement comes six days after a Unite the Right rally sparked by Charlottesville's plan to remove the Lee statue from a local park turned deadly.

The rally was attended by neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They were met with hundreds of counterprotesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring several others. The suspected driver is in custody, facing charges including second-degree murder.

Despite the "painful" event, "we’re not going to let them define us,” Signer told ABC News earlier this week of the agitators.

"They’re not going to tell our story," he said. "We’re going to tell our story. And outsiders -- their time has come and gone. This city is back on their feet, and we’re going to be better than ever despite this."

Signer compared his hopes for Charlottesville's recovery to the aftermath of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June 2015 that killed nine people. The gunman in that attack said he wanted to start a race war, but the tragedy instead united the city.

"There’s a memorial right now in front of Charlottesville City Hall that’s flowers and a heart that talks about the love that we have here. Those are the images that are going to replace these horrific ones from this weekend. That’s the work that we have as a country," Signer said.

"That’s what happened in Charleston. There were those horrible images of those people bloodied and killed and weeping from the church. But they were replaced quickly, steadily, by the work that started to happen. By people who said, 'You’re not going to tell our story for us. We’re going to tell our story.'

"And that’s what’s happening in this community. That’s my work as the mayor here -- is not to allow these hateful people who just don’t get this country to define us," he said. "And they’re not going to define us."

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