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Legum writes: "Police Chief Steve Bracknell, who is responsible for the Florida town where George Zimmerman resides, agreed in a series of emails that Zimmerman is a 'ticking time bomb' and another 'Sandy Hook' waiting to happen."

Forty-seven days after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in the Orlando, Florida suburb of Sanford, Zimmerman made his first court appearance (photo: Getty Images)
Forty-seven days after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in the Orlando, Florida suburb of Sanford, Zimmerman made his first court appearance (photo: Getty Images)

Police Chief: "Zimmerman's Another 'Sandy Hook' Waiting to Happen"

By Judd Legum, ThinkProgress

13 September 2013


olice Chief Steve Bracknell, who is responsible for the Florida town where George Zimmerman resides, agreed in a series of emails that Zimmerman is a "ticking time bomb" and another "Sandy Hook" waiting to happen.

Bracknell expressed his views in response to two emails from Santiago Rodriguez, who reached Bracknell through a contact form on the police department's website. Bracknell confirmed the emails' authenticity to ThinkProgress and subsequently tried to distance himself from the remarks.

Rodriguez's first email was an extended, and sometimes angry, critique of how the Lake Mary Police Department handled their response to the recent altercation between George Zimmerman, his wife and his father in law. Rodriguez told Bracknell that he had a responsibility to charge Zimmerman because he was another "Sandy Hook... waiting to happen." Bracknell responded with a detailed defense of the police department's conduct, but explicitly endorsed Rodriguez's comments on Sandy Hook.

[Ellipses are from the original email.]

Asked to elaborate on his email, Bracknell attempted to distance himself from Rodriguez's comments, saying he did not agree and was "referring to the fact that [Zimmerman] seems to be involved in incidents" involving firearms.

In his second email, Rodriguez called Zimmerman a "ticking time bomb" who will snap "sooner or later." Again, Bracknell agreed.

The full email exchange between Rodriguez and Bracknell is available here.

The police are still deciding whether or not to charge Zimmerman in connection to the incident. They are attempting to recover video of alleged assault that Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, recorded with her iPad. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, acknowledged that Zimmerman broke the iPad into pieces before the police arrived. According to witnesses, Zimmerman also punched his father-in-law in the nose.

In her call to 911, Shellie Zimmerman told the police that Zimmerman was threatening her with his gun. "I don't know what he's capable of. I'm really, really scared," Shellie said.

Zimmerman told police at the scene that he did not have a gun, according to Bracknell and a police department spokesman. O'Mara, however, insisted on CNN that he did have a gun on him during the entire incident. Bracknell told ThinkProgress that one of them isn't "telling the truth."

What is not in dispute is that Zimmerman, despite his legal troubles and the police chief's concerns, is still permitted to carry a concealed weapon in the State of Florida. In Florida, unlike other states like New York and New Jersey, authorities have no discretion over whether to grant or revoke concealed carry permits. Dr. Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, recently told Salon, "You've got all kinds of George Zimmermans and everything in between there who fall through the cracks of our exclusions. But if you ask any reasonable person how comfortable they are with an individual like that running around with a concealed, loaded gun, the vast majority would say they are not." your social media marketing partner


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+32 # RMDC 2013-09-13 08:18
Amazing. And the court returned his gun to him and allowed his permit to carry a concealed weapon to continue. I agree -- he is a ticking time bomb. A real terrorist who is terrorizing people in Florida. Where is the JTTF -- Joint Terrorist Task Force or Homeland Security.
+27 # Phlippinout 2013-09-13 08:39
Most of us already know this. Its a matter of time before George is where he belongs, prison. Trayvon may be dead but he will see to it that george ends up in a good place!
+33 # carp 2013-09-13 09:16
I am just curious what the "responsible" gun owner's take is on a George Zimmerman. I have read they would be open to some kind of medication clause on owning a gun. We know that Zimmerman was on ambien and some other mind altering medication for his mental condition. a medication that produces paranoia and aggression. Zimmerman is either on his meds or he is off them at this point. I don't know what is preferable, he being on them or off them? at any rate people with mental health problems should not be packing a concealed weapon in society.
+10 # hd70642 2013-09-13 10:18
No not those Magical happy happy joy joy pills !! What can possibly go wrong when somebody is strung out on anti deprssants besides columbine Vigina Tech and all those tragic mass shootings ?
+11 # dd214 2013-09-13 09:44
America has become a strange place. At about the same time a 107 year old Black man in Pine Bluff, Arkansas is brandishing a gun and is killed by local law enforcement. What would a centenarian be doing living that lifestyle. What will George Zimmerman be doing if he lasts another 60 years-still brandishing guns?
+1 # Glen 2013-09-14 14:28
What are the circumstances of the 107 year old with a weapon? Was he shooting? Was the gun loaded, even? Was he threatening? Does he have dementia? Was it truly necessary to kill him?

Law enforcement, at one time, would carefully assess a situation before killing. Not now.
+4 # indian weaver 2013-09-13 12:22
I'm tired of hearing about "justice" in this country. We have none anywhere anymore. Someone will mangle if not butcher Zimmerman alive, and leave him to live with no arms or legs - ah well, dream on. Now that would be "justice" for me. I reckon that dismemberment of Zimmerman alive would be "illegal justice" - maybe.
+5 # luvdoc 2013-09-13 13:09
As the NRA hysterically fights for the 2nd ammendment 'rights' of crazy people to carry assault weapons.....I, who am a expert rifleman with perfect combat handgun scores, begin to think it's normal to carry guns that allow God like personal power over life and death. Still, do I really want that responsibility. Really? luvdoc
+9 # jstick 2013-09-13 13:46
How much did the Ku Klux Klan end up contributing to Zimmerman's defense fund anyway?
+9 # reiverpacific 2013-09-13 15:25
Zimmerman will probably be the keynote speaker at the next NRA convention and touted to roars of approval as "A real American hero"!
His real home should be Abu Grahib.
Only in America!
+5 # egbegb 2013-09-13 19:15
Is this the same police chief that investigated George Zimmerman and found no evidence to support any kind of felony charge? Just asking.

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