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Officer who took photo of George Zimmerman during traffic stop will not be punished, report says

In this image from video, George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. AP Photo

George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial at the Seminole County Courthouse, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Sanford, Fla.
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(CBS) FORNEY, Texas - A police officer who pulled over George Zimmerman for speeding in Texas and allegedly took a picture with his iPhone during the traffic stop will not be punished, MyFoxDFW.com reports.

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An official in the city of Forney reportedly told the station that the officer took the picture to send to his lieutenant because he wanted his superiors to be aware of whom he stopped in case there were questions from the media.

Zimmerman was pulled over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas on the afternoon of July 28. The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to CBS DFW. The officer then told Zimmerman he could go on his way if he had no criminal issues.

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The incident was captured on the officer's dashcam. The sound of an iPhone camera "click" can be heard on the footage while the officer was inside the police car calling in Zimmerman's driver's license information, MyFoxDFW reports.

The officer could have been disciplined if any Forney police policies were violated, however law enforcement experts told the Fox affiliate that it's not uncommon for police officers to take photos while on duty to send to supervisors when looking for direction in certain situations.

Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted last month in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in a case that drew the national spotlight.

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