It costs more than $37 billion a year to combat domestic violence due to the need of law enforcement intervention, legal assistance and prosecution, as well as medical and mental health treatment, according to a leading victim assistance organization called Safe Horizon. So when the Shellie Zimmerman 911 call was made to Lake Mary police on Monday, Sept. 9, the law enforcement agency responded quickly.
According to a Bureau of Justice "Police Response to Domestic Violence" report, 20 percent of national officer deaths occur as a result of a domestic violence call, prompting many law enforcement agencies to give greater resource response in such cases, sending more than one patrol car to the scene.
And that's what happened in the Zimmerman case in Florida this week, with even more manpower and resources being used than would normally occur if the suspect had not been George Zimmerman. And it is all thanks to his angry wife, who accused him of threatening her father and herself during her 911 call to police, but who later refused to press charges for the alleged violent behavior.
George Zimmerman offered up to police a video surveillance tape, which may shed more light on the controversy, and which could prompt police intervention anyway. However, it may reveal why both Shellie Zimmerman, who was charged with perjury during the Trayvon Martin case, and her father, Colin Morgan, refused to give officers sworn statements supporting their allegations against George.