The police chief in the Florida city where George Zimmerman lives expressed concerns Thursday that Zimmerman remains able to carry a gun, even after repeated run-ins with police following his acquittal this summer in the Trayvon Martin killing.
“I’m a small-town police chief. If I had the authority to revoke his firearm license, I would certainly sit down and consider that,” Steve Bracknell, the chief of police in Lake Mary, said during a telephone interview with NBC News.
“Does anyone else except me see a pattern?” Bracknell continued. “The word firearm keeps popping up.” (Nope I don't think he is alone in recognizing that pattern.)
Bracknell's officers responded Monday to a domestic dispute between Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman, who told a 911 dispatcher that Zimmerman had threatened her with a gun and punched her father in the nose.
Police reports released Wednesday — with the Zimmermans’ names redacted — provided conflicting accounts of the argument. Police said no gun was found on George Zimmerman -- and his wife and other witnesses later said they had not actually seen a firearm. No charges have been filed.
But in an email exchange reported Thursday by the website Think Progress, Bracknell told a concerned citizen that Zimmerman had a gun in his car.
“We did not have the authority to search his truck. He DID have a firearm in the truck. Having a firearm is not a violation of Florida law,” Bracknell wrote.
The chief also wrote in response to the citizen's suggestion that police in Florida were covering for Zimmerman, "REST ASSURED, the last thing on planet earth I want is ANY relationship with the Zimmermans. PERIOD."
Okay well that is good news as it appears that Zimmerman has absolutely freaked out the police chief who will no doubt now keep a very cautious eye on him.
I am still not clear as to why the police could not search his car IF his wife felt threatened and believed that he had that weapon in his possession? However I guess since he did not brandish it or point it at her it would not have made any difference even if they had found one in the vehicle.
Gee where is police brutality when you really need it?
(Yes I recognize that it is not appropriate to wish police brutality on anybody, but ask yourself this, "Is there anybody more deserving of a good working over?" I'm just saying.)