Thursday, July 12, 2012
HOW STRANGE...AFTER THE LIBERAL BIAS MEDIA BRANDED HIM A "RACIST NIGGA KILLER" NOW THIS... FBI interviews: No evidence George Zimmerman a racist
Federal civil-rights investigators interviewed dozens of George Zimmerman's friends, neighbors and co-workers, and no one said he was a racist, records released Thursday show.
FBI agents spread out across the state, talking to three dozen people, including gun-shop employees, Zimmerman's ex-fiancée and the Sanford police detective who led the investigation into the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old.
None said he or she had ever known him to show racial bias. A co-worker who saw him the day after the shooting said Zimmerman was "beat up physically and emotionally."
Chris Serino, the police detective who interviewed Zimmerman the night of the shooting, told agents he thought Zimmerman had pursued Trayvon "based on his attire" and not "skin color." Zimmerman, he said, has a "little hero complex" but is not a racist.
Zimmerman's account sounded "scripted" to him, Serino said. Even so, he did not have enough evidence to justify an arrest, he told an FBI agent, even though he was getting pressure from a small number of officers within the department to file charges.
A gun-shop owner said Zimmerman came in weeks after the Feb. 26 shooting and said "his life was in danger and he needs more guns."
He got at least one more: The day of his arrest April 11, FDLE agents found in his rental car a "cop killer" handgun, a Belgian-made semiautomatic pistol, capable of firing bullets at such high velocity that they can pierce body armor. He also had three magazines of ammunition but not the kind that pierces bullet-proof vests.
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But wait it gets even better... Prosecutors in Zimmerman case are forced to released evidence....1st cop on the scene told an investigator that Zimmerman continued to bleed from the nose at police headquarters, even after he was cleaned up by paramedics..
Zimmerman's back also was wet, and his clothes had grass on them, Smith said. "I was yelling for help but no one would help me," Smith quoted Zimmerman as saying.
Prosecutor releases new Zimmerman evidence (Evidence that clearly favors Zimmerman!)
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey has just released another round of evidence in her second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman, including a first look at what FBI agents have turned up in their civil rights investigation.
Orlando Sentinel reporters are reviewing the records. Check back for updates.
There are no expected blockbusters.
Some of the evidence are interviews of Sanford police officers involved in the case by Corey's investigators.
That includes Officer Tim Smith, the first officer on the scene.
He told an investigator that Zimmerman continued to bleed from the nose at police headquarters, even after he was cleaned up by paramedics..
Zimmerman's back also was wet, and his clothes had grass on them, Smith said.
"I was yelling for help but no one would help me," Smith quoted Zimmerman as saying.
Zimmerman also carried his concealed weapons permit in his wallet, Smith said.
Another officer who saw Zimmerman enter Sanford police headquarters after the shooting "did not notice any injury to Zimmerman's nose," but observed Zimmerman "was 'grunting' as if in pain."
Authorities also interviewed Trayvon Martin's cousin, who had spent time with the 17-year-old the day of the shooting. The cousin said he "did not see Trayvon smoke marijuana."
One of Corey's investigators asked the cousin to identify a voice crying for help in the background of a 911 call. It was "without a doubt 'on a stack of Bibles' " Trayvon's, the cousin said, according to documents.
One of the major points of dispute is who was on top during the fight between Trayvon and Zimmerman. Most witnesses say they don't know, but a new witness – a second one - told prosecution investigators March 27 that Trayvon was on top.
The one on top, she said, was the same one who lay motionless in the grass after the shooting.
The documents also include police reports from prior burglaries in Retreat at Twin Lakes. Between March 2010 and March 2012, the documents state, seven burglaries had been reported in the townhouse community, as well as several larcenies and drug offenses.
That's important because Zimmerman says he became suspicious of Trayvon because of all the neighborhood burglaries.
In a September email exchange with Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, Zimmerman praised the officer he'd been working with to coordinate Neighborhood Watch.
"In the past, I have not had a positive perspective of Sanford Police Department, due primarily to the Sherman Ware incident," Zimmerman wrote, referring to a case in which the department was criticized for not arresting the son of an officer who sucker-punched a homeless man. However, in the email to Lee, Zimmerman wrote that working with Sanford police to create the Neighborhood Watch "restored faith" in Lee's administration.
Lee was fired June 20 after fallout over the Zimmerman investigation.
Among the things being released are the reports of ten FBI agents who interviewed several Sanford police officers, including the case's lead investigator, Chris Serino. They also talked to Zimmerman's former girlfriend — who accused him in court paperwork of being violent — his neighbor Frank Taffee; several unidentified civilian witnesses and employees at the gun store where Zimmerman bought the firearm he used to shoot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Information about those interviews will be in the new evidence, but there'll be no official finding by the FBI or the agency overseeing the federal investigation, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The DOJ began its probe after protesters held rallies around the country and national civil rights leaders — including the president of the NAACP, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and several members of Congress — accused Sanford police of doing a shoddy, racially-biased investigation and refusing to arrest Zimmerman.
Zimmerman says he shot Trayvon Feb. 26 in self-defense after a confrontation on a sidewalk in Zimmerman's neighborhood. A special prosecutor in the case says the Neighborhood Watch volunteer saw a black teenager in a hoodie, assumed he was about to commit a crime, followed him then murdered him.
Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on April 11.
Corey's office released this new batch of evidence — its second — to defense attorney Mark O'Mara last month.