Monday, September 9, 2013

What happened on Sept. 9, 2013, with Shellie Zimmerman's 911 call on estranged husband George (videos)

Like the rest of the nation, I am taken aback by today's turn of events in the Zimmerman vs. Zimmerman upcoming divorce case and Shellie Zimmerman's 911 phone call to cops alleging domestic violence against George. After media initially reported Zimmerman to have been "taken into custody", it turned out he was only questioned. Shellie Zimmerman alleged in a 911 phone call that George
Zimmerman threatened her and her father with a gun, punched her father in the nose leaving a mark and knocking his glasses off, and smashed and stabbed her iPad with a pocket knife.

"He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying 'step closer' and he’s just threatening all of us." Shellie Zimmerman stated to a 911 dispatcher. She also indicated that George Zimmerman was trying to close a garage door on her person. The 911 call continued, "He punched my dad in the nose.  My dad has a mark on his face...he accosted my father and then took my iPad out of my hands and smashed it and cut it with a pocket knife." 

During a press conference Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell stated that Shellie Zimmerman changed her story therefore they could not charge Zimmerman with a crime. Surveillance video from the scene of the altercation has been secured and should there be evidence that George Zimmerman threatened her, domestic abuse charges could be filed.

There are several scenarios that provide a possible reason for what occurred between Shellie and George Zimmerman on Sept. 9, 2013.

In the first scenario, we have Shellie Zimmerman, a disgruntled, angry woman who is filing for divorce from her husband, filled with anger, and called 911 out of spite. There is a possibility that she flat out lied about a gun.

There is also a possibility that Shellie Zimmerman was sincerely mistaken, thinking he had a gun when he did not. She may be overwrought with the stress she has endured for the past year, simply being George Zimmerman's wife, and be in such a highly anxious state while going through a divorce that she is having a hard time separating her fear from reality. 

Another possibility is that she is genuinely and sincerely terrified of George Zimmerman. She may not believe his account of what happened the night Trayvon was killed (even though she stated in an interview with ABC that she didn't believe Zimmerman would hurt Trayvon unprovoked), her sentiments towards him might have changed, and she might be on edge, and simply more fearful for her life and unsure of what George Zimmerman is capable of.

Now, the next scenario, in my opinion, deserves the most consideration and hopefully Florida authorities will consider this. There is a chance that Shellie Zimmerman called 911 and told the truth. She may have regretted calling police and felt bad for "getting George in trouble." No sooner had police arrived at the scene than media crews flew overhead, live broadcasts were streaming from in front of her father's house, and they were monopolizing news coverage.

If Shellie Zimmerman had been the victim of domestic violence, this would have been extremely overwhelming for her. There is a great chance that a domestic violence victim who is speaking out for the first time, could regret calling the police, especially when the event is being broadcast on the news.

Whatever happened, the investigation is ongoing and lets hope that the state attorney's office will make the right decision. If George Zimmerman is a genuine threat to Shellie Zimmerman, she needs to get a restraining order and take legal action to protect herself.

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