Lake Mary police release video in George Zimmerman domestic violence incident
Video to help determine if charges will be filed against George, Shellie Zimmerman
LAKE MARY, Fla. – Lake Mary police released video on Tuesday of police approaching George Zimmerman after a domestic violence incident with his wife a day earlier.
The video from a Lake Mary police cruiser shows Zimmerman being approached by authorities, putting his hands behind his head and getting down on his knees before an officer put him in handcuffs.
Lake Mary Police Officer Zach Hudson said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon George Zimmerman was immediately put in handcuffs because it was originally reported he had a gun.
Police also released surveillance video from the Sprucewood Road home where the domestic disturbance occurred. In the video, George Zimmerman and Shellie Zimmerman's father, David Dean, going in and out of a house owned by Shellie's parents.
As Zimmerman is reportedly removing his belongings, Shellie Zimmerman is shooting video of him using an iPad and a little later, they are seen arguing in the driveway with bystanders.
It's not clear in the video, but police say that's when George Zimmerman twists and breaks the iPad and throws it on the ground.
Police are expected to also release video from Shellie Zimmerman's iPad. Hudson said that detectives are still trying to extract video from the iPad because it is "in pretty bad shape."
"You got George Zimmerman saying he was struck by an iPad, and Shellie saying she had some kind of physical contact with George," Hudson said. "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."
Hudson called the iPad video the "last piece of the puzzle" in figuring out what happened that led Shellie Zimmerman to call authorities saying her husband had threatened her.
Shellie Zimmerman said in the 911 call that George Zimmerman "took my iPad out of my hands. He then smashed it and cut it with a pocketknife."
Hudson also said on Tuesday that police searched George Zimmerman at gunpoint and found no gun him. He also said neither Shellie Zimmerman, nor her father, saw a gun, despite Shellie Zimmerman telling dispatchers that George had a gun.
George Zimmerman's attorney, former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O'Mara, also said George Zimmerman had a gun holstered to his body.
O'Mara said on Tuesday he won't represent George Zimmerman in the domestic issue from Monday. He will continue to represent Zimmerman in the NBC lawsuit and sanctions and costs from his second-degree murder trial.
O'Mara also reportedly canceled his Viera appearance where he was expected to receive an award.
The incident came days after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce and discussed her relationship with George Zimmerman during a TV interview.
George Zimmerman is still legally allowed to carry a weapon.
Since being acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has been pulled over twice for speeding.
Lake Mary is located about 20 miles north of Orlando and 5 miles southwest of Sanford, where Zimmerman fatally shot Martin.
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