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George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the murder of unarmed black Florida teen Trayvon Martin, sought to buy a bulletproof vest and a home-security system while out on $1 million bond, according to records released Thursday.
The Seminole County, Fla., Sheriff's Office released a 57-page log obtained by USA TODAY that recorded Zimmerman's activity last year and this year while he was connected to a GPS system via ankle monitor.
Zimmerman was court-ordered to GPS monitoring as a condition of his pre-trial release, said Kim Cannaday, public information officer of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. The log let authorities know if Zimmerman entered the forbidden zones of the Orlando Sanford International Airport and anywhere outside of Seminole County. The log was active from July 6, 2012, through July 13 of this year.
Zimmerman was acquitted last month in the fatal 2012 shooting of Trayvon, 17, in the case that whipped up emotions among civil rights advocates who said the teen was a victim of racial profiling. Civil rights organizations and members of the public have been pushing for Attorney General Eric Holder to pursue civil rights violations.
For the most part, the recordings of Zimmerman's log are uneventful. They indicate Zimmerman called in every other day to check in between 10 a.m. and noon, as instructed by authorities. They also indicate that he left the county every few days to see his lawyer in Orlando, and more often as his trial date approached.
The log says that on July 14, 2012, Zimmerman telephoned the sheriff's office and said he and his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, were getting new cellphone numbers because the media had obtained the cellphone number of his wife.
On Aug. 8, 2012, according to the log, a sales representative for a police supply store contacted the agency to say Zimmerman wanted to buy a bulletproof vest and infrared security device. The log says Zimmerman indicated the infrared device "was an extra layer of security at the point of entry at his residence."
The log later indicates that Zimmerman confirmed to authorities he was trying to buy the vest and the security device.
The log also says that Zimmerman regularly had complaints about the discomfort of the device, which authorities would then adjust.