Steve Bracknell, police chief in Lake Mary, Fla., where George Zimmerman resides and where he got into a nasty domestic dispute with his estranged wife and father-in-law Monday, appears to be no fan of the acquitted Trayvon Martin killer.
Despite that, Bracknell did not charge him with anything after Zimmerman allegedly threatened his wife with a gun, smashed her iPad and punched her father in the nose.
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After Zimmerman (pictured on Monday) was let go this week, an angry Lake Mary resident, Santiago Rodriguez, fired off an angry e-mail to the police chief. In the e-mail, Rodriguez accuses the police department of somehow being influenced by the Zimmerman family, saying, “Either his father is pulling strings for him, or his uncle who is also a Sheriff in Orange County.”
Rodriguez implores Bracknell to arrest Zimmerman who, the e-mail scribe says, “is a Sandy Hook, Aurora waiting to happen.”
The references, of course, are to the gun massacres that took place in a Sandy Hook, Conn., elementary school and an Aurora, Col., movie theatre in December and July of last year, respectively.
Bracknell’s reply, in e-mails obtained by the liberal web site Think Progress and reproduced online, is to stress that, “REST ASSURED, the last thing on planet earth I want is ANY relationship with the Zimmermans.” (Capitalization original.)
And in response to Rodriguez’s comments about last year’s gun massacres, Bracknell says, “Your reference to Sandy Hook.....................I agree.” (Punctuation original.)
When asked about the e-mails yesterday by Think Progress, Bracknell appeared to walk back his agreement with Rodriguez. He said he was merely “referring to the fact that [Zimmerman] seems to be involved in incidents [with guns].”
Rodriguez, clearly amazed at receiving a response from the chief, wrote back and reiterated his belief that, “sooner or later another mother and father is going to be on CNN lashing out against the system due to this man snapping.”
Again, Bracknell replies, “On a personal note.....I agree.”
SOURCES: Think Progress, WTSB, Scribd