Police Chief: Zimmerman "Aurora Waiting to Happen"

by Nuzha Nuseibeh

The chief of a Florida police department has agreed that George Zimmerman is "a Sandy Hook, Aurora waiting to happen" — but he's still not been arrested, according to an email exchange published by ThinkProgress.

Steve Bracknell, Lake Mary police department chief, received an email from Santiago Rodriguez, a Lake Mary resident who was angry at the department's decision not to charge Zimmerman, on September 10. In the email, Rodriguez accuses the state of having "no regard for true justice" and calls Zimmerman "a ticking time bomb," signing the email, "One Disgusted American."

"Zimmerman is a Sandy Hook, Aurora waiting to happen," Rodriguez writes in the message.

"Your reference to Sandy Hook … I agree," Bracknell replies.

The Lake Mary police department is currently investigating Zimmerman for allegedly threatening his soon-to-be-ex wife, Shellie, as well as his father-in-law, with a gun last Monday, and is still deciding whether they should charge Zimmerman or not. A lot is riding on a video of the assault that was recorded on Shellie's iPad — which was broken, allegedly by Zimmerman.

"Sooner or later another mother and father is going to be on CNN lashing out against the system due to this man snapping," Rodriguez said in a later email.

To which Bracknell replied: "As for your final thoughts, again, on a personal note, I agree."

Although Bracknell confirmed that the email exchange was authentic, he tried to downplay his response, saying he was just "referring to the fact that [Zimmerman] seems to be involved in incidents" involving guns pretty often. Uh, sure.

But he did tell NBC News that he wasn't exactly fine with Zimmerman.

“I have some concerns," Bracknell said. "I think a lot of people do.”

Zimmerman has made headlines several times since being acquitted of the second-degree murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin due to his unending coziness with firearms: once, when he was pulled over for speeding and told the officer he was driving "nowhere in particular" — with his gun in his glove compartment; later, he caused a ruckus when he appeared at a firearms warehouse in Florida, doing some casual gun-shopping and, er, photo-posing.