On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 13.47 points to 15,042.52.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 26.16 points to 21,787.51.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 1.97 points to 2,441.08.The Nasdaq composite index was up 11.34 points to 6,276.99.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.06 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 80.05 cents US.
THE MAN ACQUITTED of criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin was arrested today after deputies responded to a disturbance call at a house in Florida.Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was taken to the jail for booking, according to a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office statement. Authorities provided few other details, and it was not immediately known what charge he faced.“Just when you thought you heard the last of George Zimmerman,” said neighbor Catherine Cantrell. She said she had twice seen a man who looked like Zimmerman get out of a truck that’s been in the driveway for nearly a month. The truck parked there on Monday appeared to be the same one that reporters have seen Zimmerman drive previously.“I’m in absolute shock. He was never outside. It’s not like he was out flaunting around,” she said.Cantrell said the woman who lived in the home was very sweet and quiet.Sarah Tyler, 26, also lives across the street from the house on a cul-de-sac street of single family homes in Apopka, about 15 miles northwest of Orlando.“It’s kind of frightening,” she said, adding that she only saw a woman came out of the house.Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The death of the black teenager, who was unarmed, touched off a nationwide debate about race and self-defence. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, has said he shot the 17-year-old to defend himself during a fight in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.He wasn’t charged until 44 days after the shooting, leading to protests nationwide from people who believed he should have been immediately arrested. The case sparked accusations that Zimmerman had racially profiled Martin, and demonstrations broke out again after his acquittal. Federal authorities are now reviewing the case the see if Martin’s civil rights were violated.Zimmermans had other brushes with the law since his acquittalZimmerman, right, is escorted to a home by after a domestic incident in the neighborhood where he and his wife Shellie lived. Pic: (AP Photo/John Raoux)Zimmerman and his estranged wife were involved in a domestic dispute in September just days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers, but police later said no charges were filed against either of them because of a lack of evidence.Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic stops since his acquittal. He was ticketed for doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary in September and was given a warning by a state trooper along Interstate 95 for having a tag cover and windows that were too darkly tinted. He was also stopped near Dallas in July and was given a warning for speeding.In 2005, Zimmerman ad to take anger management courses after he was accused of attacking an undercover officer who was trying to arrest Zimmerman’s friend.Later that year, Zimmerman’s former fiancee filed for a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman responded by requesting a restraining order against her. Both requests were granted. No criminal charges were filed.Read: Why can’t George Zimmerman stay out of the spotlight? >Read: ‘Justice for Trayvon’ marches take place across America >Read: Protests across US as George Zimmerman acquitted of Trayvon Martin murder >