Police release footage from Zimmerman confrontation

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 20:48 EDT
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George Zimmerman at Oct. 19 hearing
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Police in Lake Mary, Florida are analyzing an iPad used by Shellie Zimmerman to film an encounter with her husband George to determine whether charges should be filed against either of them, WKMG-TV reported.

Authorities also released two separate videos connected to the incident. One of the videos, captured on a security camera at Shellie Zimmerman’s parents’ home, shows George Zimmerman apparently twisting and breaking the device before throwing it to the ground. She told emergency dispatchers at the time that her husband had cut the iPad with a knife and accused him of threatning her with a gun and of punching her father.

“You got George Zimmerman saying he was struck by an iPad, and Shellie saying she had some kind of physical contact with George,” police spokesperson Zach Hudson said at a press conference. “The iPad is important because we want to see what’s on the iPad. The iPad would have been running while this was going on.”

Police also released footage taken from a dashboard camera of officers handcuffing George Zimmerman after ordering him to the ground. Though Shellie Zimmerman had told authorities her husband had a gun, Hudson said at the press conference that they found no gun in his possession.

That runs counter to an allegation made Monday night by George Zimmerman’s former attorney, Mark O’Mara, who told CNN host Anderson Cooper that his ex-client “made sure the gun was not moving anywhere and didn’t do anything” because Shellie Zimmmerman’s father, the owner of the home in which the couple was arguing, was “sort of coming at him.”

Watch WKMG’s report on the new footage released by authorities, aired on Tuesday, below.

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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