George Zimmerman’s Feelings Towards The Sanford Police Department Changed Quickly
George Zimmerman gave a scathing review of the Sanford Police Department when he spoke at a public meeting in January 2011, describing what he’d seen in ride-alongs with officers as “disgusting.”
On September 18, 2011, he wrote an e-mail thanking the city’s police chief and praising the department’s “professionalism.”
The two exchanges, eight months apart, show a significant shift in Zimmerman’s relationship with police months before officers responded to the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in the death, which sparked nationwide protests and inflamed public passions over race relations and gun control.
His relationship with police is something critics of the case have questioned, noting that Zimmerman worked closely with officers as part of his work with the neighborhood watch program he started.
Zimmerman aired-out the “disgusting” police department in January of 2011:
“I also have had the opportunity to take ride-alongs with the city of Sanford Police Department and what I saw was disgusting,” Zimmerman said at the time. “The officer showed me his favorite hiding spots for taking naps. … He took two lunch breaks and attended a going away party for one of his fellow officers.”
Zimmerman asked members of the city council to repeal the pension of the city’s former police chief.
“I would just like to state that the law is written in black and white. It should not and cannot be enforced in the gray for those that are in the thin blue line,” he said.
Then switches his pitch in September:
He praised the volunteer coordinator’s quick responses to e-mails and phone calls, saying she went “above and beyond to help launch a neighborhood watch” and calling her “a testament to the highest level of professionalism of (the chief’s) administration.”
“I have high hopes for, and restored faith in your administration and the Sanford Police Department in its entirety,” he wrote.
What do you think were George Zimmerman’s intentions when attempting to kiss and make up with the Sanford Police?
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