Zimmerman Slammed by His Own Police Chief
Lake Mary police chief agrees with angry email then backpedals
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 13, 2013 9:34 AM CDT
In this still image made from dash-cam video provided by the Lake Mary (Fla.) Police, George Zimmerman is detained by officers, Sept. 9, 2013.   (Fla.) Police)

(Newser) – Apparently Zimmerman does not have a friend in his local police chief. Steve Bracknell, who heads the department in Lake Mary, Florida, where Zimmerman lives, agreed with some pretty intense criticisms of the acquitted killer contained in two angry emails he received Tuesday about Zimmerman's recent altercation with his wife. "Zimmerman is a Sandy Hook, Aurora waiting to happen," the emailer, Santiago Rodriguez, asserted, in an email posted online. "Your job is to protect the communities you serve, and you are failing big time."

Bracknell responded with a lengthy defense of his department, but then threw in, "Your reference to Sandy Hook..............I agree." (Ellipses his.) Bracknell confirmed the emails' authenticity for Think Progress, but later backpedaled from the remarks, telling WTSP that he only meant that Zimmerman "seems to be involved in incidents" involving guns. In the followup email, Rodriguez called Zimmerman a "ticking time bomb." Think Progress reports that Bracknell replied, "on a personal note....I agree," but that email doesn't appear to be posted online. And on Monday, Bracknell had this to say to an LA reporter, per the Los Angeles Times: "Man, it would be fantastic if you have an apartment out there [in California] for George Zimmerman. This guy is killing me."

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Sep 14, 2013 4:02 PM CDT
I would be very surprised if the police chief of Lake Mary, Florida was not concerned about Zimmerman. Domestic disputes are the most dangerous calls police can have. The reason for this is that normal peaceable people will lose their minds when marital problems arise. Anyone who has gone through an unfriendly divorce will understand this. I am never surprised at what people are capable of during a marital squabble. I think the media should stay out of their marital problems, especially since the media is guilty of causing most of it in the first place, and is continuing to do so to the present time. If someone does end up getting harmed it may be in part due to media interference.
Sep 14, 2013 3:34 PM CDT
Irony that a police chief with rampant gang violence criticizes a citizen who felt compelled to do a job they can't seem to do themselves. Better to put his efforts into improving his department's gang interdiction unit, robbery units, burglary units, violent crimes units, and detective squad. That would do much more than going on a tirade against a single citizen.
Sep 14, 2013 12:16 PM CDT
This man is not smart enough to get himself a job and get on with this life. He was given an opportunity and he is making a bigger mess out of his life. Hope he gets some smarts and quick.