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Nightly News   |  March 30, 2012

Zimmerman’s past brush with law enforcement

George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, had gotten into an altercation with an officer several years ago. NBC’s Michael Isikoff reports.

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>>> the shooting death of trayvon martin. tonight, new information has come into light about the shooter, george zimmerman , specifically his behavior in a previous run-in with the law. we get the exclusive details from our national investigative correspondent michael isakov from sanford, florida.

>> when george zimmerman was questioned by police after the trayvon martin shooting, it wasn't the first time he had been in custody. in july 2005 , he was arrested in orlando for resisting a florida law enforcement officer and obstructing justice. this police report obtained by nbc news states he used violence and battery upon the officer. the lead prosecutor on the case said today zimmerman could have been charged with a felony.

>> i have seen people charged with less conduct than mr. zimmerman is alleged to have done that night at the bar.

>> the incident took place at this college bar where an undercover alcohol control officer was arresting several employees for serving alcohol to minors. they showed their badge and asked zimmerman to leave the area. i don't care who you are, he said. after being asked to leave again, he said, f-you. the felony charges were reduced to a misdemeanor, and the court ordered him into anger management classes.

>> the program recognizes that sometimes people get arrested and they're not bad people , they're people who made a mistake.

>> florida officials said if he had been convicted of a felony as originally charges in 2005 , he wouldn't have been able to obtain a concealed weapons permit. zimmerman 's attorney did not return repeated calls for comment.