Steve Bracknel‘s department in Lake Mary, Fla., made its way into the national spotlight this week when Zimmerman, 29, allegedly threatened his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, and his father-in-law with a gun Monday.
Shellie called 911 that day, telling an operator that she feared for her safety. Lake Mary police detained Zimmerman that day, but eventually set him free. Shellie would later decline to press charges, but the cops are still considering whether or not they have enough evidence to charge the man who was found not guilty of second-degree murder for shooting unarmed Trayvon Martin dead.
“Zimmerman is a Sandy Hook, Aurora waiting to happen,” Rodriguez told Bracknell in his first email.
“Your reference to Sandy Hook … I agree,” Bracknell replied in a long email.
At the end of a follow-up email urging Bracknell not to “give up” on the investigation, Rodriguez wrote: “Sooner or later another mother and father is going to be on CNN lashing out against the system due to this man snapping.”
Bracknell replied: “As for your final thoughts, again, on a personal note, I agree.”
It is not the first time Bracknel has made his views known on Zimmerman. In a response to a question by a Los Angeles Times reporter, he said, “Man, it would be fantastic if you have an apartment out there [in California] for George Zimmerman,” Bracknell said. “This guy is killing me.”
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From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/22/sandra-bland-family-non-indictment/" target="_blank"><strong>Sandra Bland</strong></a> to the shootings in <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/06/20/why-is-south-carolina-using-a-judge-in-the-charleston-church-massacre-who-has-used-the-n-word-before/" target="_blank">Charleston, South Carolina</a>, African Americans were sadly reminded that being <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/13/police-brutality-2015/" target="_blank">Black in America</a> is much harder than it ought to be. And yet in the same breath, 2015 was a year of Black joy during which our culture dominated not only in our lives, but in the mainstream consciousness. From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/07/16/lee-daniels-and-taraji-p-henson-emmy-empire/" target="_blank">Cookie Lyons</a> to the <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/10/17/ebony-editor-comments-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">Cosby <em>Ebony </em>cover</a>, our brilliance helped to push the conversation, affirm our greatness, make history and most important, make us laugh.
So to celebrate that greatness, we put together this list of the most defining Black pop culture moments of 2015. And don’t worry: <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/08/rachel-dolezal-interview/" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal </a>is nowhere to be seen.