Speaking to Think Progress, Steve Brecknell, Chief of Police in Lake Mary Florida where George Zimmerman’s latest run in with the law is being investigated, said that either Zimmerman or his attorney, Mike O’Mara, is lying. Zimmerman told police on the scene that he did not have a gun with him, and that he had never displayed one when he assaulted his father-in-law and smashed his wife’s iPad. Police searched his person and found no gun. They did not, however, search his truck.
On Monday Night, O’Mara appeared on ‘Anderson Cooper 360.’ He said:
He acted appropriately. He never took the weapon out. The only thing he really did, which is what he told the police, was on the outside of his shirt, he made sure the gun wasn’t moving anywhere and didn’t do anything because [Zimmerman’s father-in-law] Mr. Dean was sort of coming at him, that can sort of be seen in the video.
This does not agree with what Zimmerman told police on the scene, and since the truck was not searched, it is not possible to say for sure at this time who is lying, but someone certainly is.
Police are working to retrieve that video from Shellie Zimmerman’s smashed iPad in hopes that it will give them a better idea of what went on before they were summoned by a 911 call from Shellie on Monday. If this video can be retrieved it will fill in a lot of gaps. The household surveillance video is video only. While it shows a lot, for example it clearly shows Zimmerman throwing the iPad to the ground and smashing it into several pieces, the video from the iPad, which Shellie says was operating throughout the incident until George grabbed it out of her hands and threw it to the ground, will have an audio track as well.
Police have not ruled out the possibility that there may yet be an arrest in the case and are currently waiting for the iPad video before deciding how to proceed or if indeed they are going to proceed. If there is nothing incriminating on the i-pad then the case will probably be closed. One has to wonder though what it was that George didn’t want seen on that video that he felt the need to attempt to destroy it.
As Chief Brecknell points out, O’Mara was at the scene providing legal advice to Zimmerman and should have been well aware of all of the fact.s aThere is no reason for him to invent something that puts his client in a less than favorable light. Saying that he had a gun when he didn’t just wouldn’t make any sense. Only time will tell, but, with his record since being acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, it would appear that unless he makes some drastic changes in his life it is only a matter of time before George Zimmerman finds himself back in a court room sitting in the defendant’s chair.