Steve Bracknell, the Lake Mary Police Chief who is responsible for the Florida town where George Zimmerman currently resides, stated in a series of emails that Zimmerman is a “ticking time bomb” and another “Sandy Hook” waiting to happen.
Santiago Rodriguez, a citizen who e-mailed Bracknell through a contact form on the Lake Mary police department’s website, reached out in response to the recent altercation between George Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman and his father-in-law. Rodriguez was angry and critical of how the situation was handled, telling 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. Bracknell confirmed the emails’ authenticity to ThinkProgress and subsequently tried to distance himself from the remarks.
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 police are still deciding whether or not to charge Zimmerman in connection with the incident. They are attempting to recover video of the 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.
Read their full e-mail exchange here.