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Updated Nov 19, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Final Word: Not learning -- George Zimmerman's violent streak resurfacing

The latest George Zimmerman arrest is a big story, and I think Zimmerman is finally getting the attention he deserves.

Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted of murder charges in the Trayvon Martin trial, became kind of a cult hero after the trial and his acquittal caused riots and demonstrations and comments from the president.

But if you watched the trial, you had to admit, the defense did a masterful job and the prosecution was less than stellar.

So when the trial was over, you had to think that if he had a brain in his head, he would go away quietly, maybe write a book, start a blog, and abide by the law.

But as it turns out, Zimmerman may be just a violent troublemaker after all.

The tape of the girlfriend's 911 call painted a picture of a very angry guy, who doesn't seem to EVER want to back down from a possible fight.

I didn't care when Zimmerman got pulled over for speeding three times. Anyone can get pulled over for speeding. I don't consider speeding to be an act of aggression so when his ex-wife called the cops, I wrote it off as bad blood between spouses.

But did you know that he toured the factory that made the gun that killed Trayvon?

Look, there's a difference between graciously and gratefully accepting that a jury has found you not legally responsible for an act you took, and celebrating getting away with something.

The gun factory tour felts like a celebration. It's kind of like holding a gun rights rally on the anniversary of the shooting.

Zimmerman had a chance to fade into the background, instead now he has been arraigned on felony aggravated assault charges.

Shame on those who made him into a modern-day hero for supposedly "keeping his neighborhood safe." I don't know if his legal defense fund will fill up as fast this time as it did before.

I am OK with that.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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