Zimmer Barnes, who as a hero goes by Zimmer, had to take time off from patrolling Brooklyn, New York to defend his mother who stands accused of a gun crime in Texas. Attorney Carolyn Barnes is accused of shooting at census worker Kathleen Gittel at her doorstep. Barnes had previously been arrested for assaulting a court officer after she tried to pass a multi-tool knife blade through X-ray machine at the Heman Sweatt Courthouse a few months earlier, as well as charges of bail jumping.
Zimmer doesn’t believe accuser Gittel, as she has “changed her story twice,” and when police searched hismother’s home, ammunition, bullet holes, casings, gun powder residue and a gun couldn’t be found.
Zimmer continues to defend his mother:
Kathleen Gittel alleges that she walked over a mile to get to Carolyn Barnes’ very rural residence, even going over a low water crossing and ignoring “No Trespassing” signs. However, she originally stated that the incident had occurred at 33 Indian Trail, an address in another town over, and her description of Barnes’ residence does not match its actual appearance.
Zimmer also has issues with the jail conditions:
While the conditions that lead up to Carolyn Barnes being detained in jail are troubling, the conditions inside the jail are even worse. Carolyn Barnes is in solitary confinement, shackled at the ankles and wrists. She is under 24 hour surveillance, including when she uses a toilet or shower. She is forbidden from making phone calls or having any visitors
Zimmer has also stated he’s not leaving until his mother is free.