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Zimmerman Traffic Stop

Cop Under Investigation

for Sneaky iPhone Pic

8/1/2013 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It's the most recognizable iPhone sound on the planet -- the camera shutter -- and now it's biting one Texas cop in the ass ... after he apparently snapped a sneaky iPhone photo during the George Zimmerman traffic stop this weekend.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the officer who pulled Zimmerman over for speeding on Sunday is currently under investigation after dash cam footage revealed he took an iPhone picture during the stop ... at least that's the way it sounds.

You can plainly hear the telltale sound in the video -- followed by the "unlock" sound and typing iPhone keys.  You'll hear it 29 seconds into the video.

It's unclear what photo the officer snapped -- or if he sent it to anyone -- but if he took a pic of Zimmerman's driver's license for personal use ... he could be in trouble.

We're told the officer in question is off duty today, and investigators are currently trying to get in touch with him.

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31.

Word-Up    

Who wouldn't be "star struck".. Leave the officer alone.... He is human... After all he did have a run in with a murderer..

344 days ago
32.

cass    

How about they stop silly sh!!!t investigations like this and do 'real work'....
This is a waste of my hard-earned tax dollars!

344 days ago
33.

mr.howell     

He should be allowed to carry 2 guns just to be safe!..leave the guy alone!.

344 days ago
34.

E_mora382    

Did the cop identify Zimmerman as a black male? Lol You know he snapped the photo and texted it to his buddies saying "Guess who I just pulled over?" After the picture it sounds like he is texting. Lol hilarious but no need for an investigation!

344 days ago
35.

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I never saw Zimmerman.
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I only saw an officer, a truck & its tailgate.

344 days ago
36.

Toilethead    

Fire the creep.

344 days ago
37.

cathy    

he is going to die like a FROG. He will not have any freedom. That cop aint gonna loose his job He was doing his part. EF u Zimmerman.

344 days ago
38.

1uniquemonique    

When did it become a crime to take a photo of someone? The paparazzi does it all the time.

344 days ago
39.

notta    

Change your new email notification to the camera sound. Problem solved.

344 days ago
40.

Fox    

He was using instagram.

344 days ago
41.

Tweeder    

I hope. Zimmerman runs for president

344 days ago
42.

Nobrows    

Leave the guy alone. The policeman had no malice in mind. Don't they have to put up with enough already. So he took a photo. Big deal.

344 days ago
43.

Cookie    

Puhleaseee zimmerman got away with murder and they're going after the cop for snapping a pic?!

344 days ago
44.

Mike    

personal trophy sent to his wife or friend? who cares what's the harm? the same photo is right above in the video. What is illegal about taking a photo of someone's car?

344 days ago
45.

go home!    

I think the focus of an investigation should be on the people sending death threats to Zimmerman and his family via Twitter, instead of some cop, who is probably pro-Zimmerman, allegedly taking a photo.

344 days ago
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