According to Think Progress, a series of emails to a concerned citizen of Colorado in reference to George Zimmerman’s repeated contact with the police since his acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin show that Chief Steve Bracknell of the Lake Mary Police Department seems to agree that Zimmerman is a “ticking time bomb” and another “Sandy Hook” waiting to happen.
The Chief was contacted by Santiago Rodriguez via a contact form on the department’s web site and sent the Chief two separate emails expressing concern that not enough was being done to take Zimmerman off the street. The first email was long and detailed what he saw as a failure on the part of the Lake Mary Police to protect the community.
He pointed out that it was clear, by the way, that the events on Monday had unfolded that Zimmerman is well versed in exactly how to use the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law to his advantage by the way he had, according to Shellie’s 911 call, repeatedly challenged her and her father to advance on him. He has, of course, experience here since this is what he claimed in the Martin case — that he was advanced on by Trayvon and therefore reasonably afraid for his safety. The Chief responded to this criticism with an explanation of the limitations the law places on the police saying,
[box type=”shadow”]“I agree if anyone knows the SYG law it is GZ.”[/box]
Rodriguez goes on to point out that there is a consistent pattern to Zimmerman’s criminal behavior and that he cannot understand why his truck was not searched for a gun. The Chief reveals that Zimmerman did indeed have a gun in the truck and admitted to it but that in itself that was not grounds for them to search the truck since it was not illegal for him to possess a weapon in the truck.
He asks the Chief why with the physical and photographic evidence that Zimmerman had in fact punched his father-in-law in the face and purposely smashed Shellie’s iPad he was not arrested. The Chief tells him that under Florida law if the victim chooses not to press charges there is no victim and therefore no violation of the law.
Rodriguez also expressed disbelief that in a domestic disturbance where an allegation of a gun was made that the perpetrator would be allowed to walk around free rather than being handcuffed and placed in a patrol car. Bracknell explains to him that Zimmerman was in fact handcuffed when the first officers arrived and placed in a patrol car and that it was only after the duty sergeant arrived and determined that no one was going to press charges that he was removed from the car and released. He did point out however that he was accompanied at all times by a detective from that point on.
The final four points Bracknell makes in his email were:
[box type=”shadow”]“REST ASSURED, the last thing on planet earth I want is ANY relationship with the Zimmermans. PERIOD. The only guiding influence here is the law. Remember, we were the agency that wrote him a $256 citation last week! No freebies here in Lake Mary. The Sheriff in Orange County [Rodriguez had suggested that this Sheriff was Zimmerman’s uncle and he had intervened on his behalf] is Jerry Demings. Who BTW is African American and a great Sheriff. I highly doubt that he would be complicit with GZ. Your reference to Sandy Hook…………..I agree. Again there is no cover-up. We are just bound by the laws of our state. I welcome any outside oversight.”[/box]
That last statement referencing Rodriguez saying that he was going to contact the Justice Department and demand an investigation into the affair.
Bracknell closed by saying,
[box type=”shadow”]“Thank you for your email. I have tried to answer your questions honestly. On a personal note I agree with you on some of your points.”[/box]
He does not elaborate on what those points may be, but one can only hope that it means he and his department will be keeping an eye on George Zimmerman.