Speaking to Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC on Friday, a former Florida homicide prosecutor, Ken Padowitz, insisted that the surveillance video showing Zimmerman handcuffed on arrival at the police station meant that he must have been arrested. Thus, at some later point at the station he must have been ‘un-arrested.’
He was in handcuffs and you know what that means – that he was placed under arrest at the scene. You can’t be un-arrested in Florida! They had to have known they had probable cause at the scene. They had to have known that then the proper procedure was to then book him into the jail.
Someone at that police department made a decision to not go through normal procedure, to not book him into the jail, to not fill out a probable cause affidavit.
It’s clear there is some kind of incompetence going on at this police department.
Under the Florida State Rules of Criminal Procedure, according to Padowitz, Zimmerman must be charged within 175 days or he will be “forever barred from being charged with a crime in this case.”
Former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said, “Mr. Zimmerman has made the statement of self defense. Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don’t have the grounds to arrest him.”
The Booman Tribune pulls together known witness testimony and other evidence to try to establish what happened and where there are holes.
At some point, it was decided to concoct a cover story, which involved Officer Timothy Smith fabricating evidence about Zimmerman bleeding from the nose and head and having grass all over his back. Most likely, he never received any medical attention from the fire department at all … the evidence does not support the story that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman, punched him in the face, broke his nose, or slammed his head into the walkway repeatedly. About the only thing left to argue is that Trayvon went for his gun.
But that doesn’t explain an apparently fabricated story that was filed by an officer at the scene.
Jeff Triplett, the mayor of Sanford, said Friday that he had to overrule police and prosecutors who opposed the release of the 911 tapes.
Marchers again gathered in Sanford on Saturday. Their main chant was: “We want an arrest. Shot in the chest.”
A gun rights group, Legal Boom, said Friday that they were setting up a legal defense fund for Zimmerman – because they see ‘a potential threat to gun rights.’
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