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Update: Sanford Police DID Want Zimmerman Arrested

Update: Sanford Police DID Want Zimmerman Arrested

A couple of very interesting developments today in the Trayvon Martin case:

· The lead homicide detective in the fatal shooting says he asked for manslaughter charges.

· In complete contradiction to Bill Lee, the former Sanford police chief, evidence has emerged that local police asked for an arrest warrant from the local State Attorney’s office — but it was denied.

Sanford homicide detective Chris Serino told ABC News that he doubted George Zimmerman’s account of the events of February 26 and wanted him arrested.

The Miami Herald reports that a Sanford Police incident report shows the case was categorized as “homicide/negligent manslaughter.”

Sanford Police asked the county attorney for an arrest warrant but this was denied.

When the case began to garner media attention, Florida Governor Rick Scott replaced the local state attorney with special prosecutor Angela Corey, as lead investigator. She is the source of the Herald story.

“If you go with what was reported in the press the first night, there would have been an arrest right away, but obviously something gave investigators pause,” a source in the State Attorney’s office which covers Sanford told the Herald.

Notes the Herald:

Lee publicly insisted that there was no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman, leading many critics to say he came across more like a defense attorney for the security buff.

“Zimmerman provided a statement claiming he acted in self defense which at the time was supported by physical evidence and testimony,” Lee wrote in a memo posted on the city’s website. “By Florida Statute, law enforcement was PROHIBITED from making an arrest based of the facts and circumstances they had at the time.”

He cited the statute number for Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which provides immunity to people who kill someone in self defense.

The Herald notes that criticism has been of a Sanford ‘shoddy investigation’, condemning the whole department, but the new statement suggests that Lee was overriding his own officers.

Serino told MSNBC that he was not at liberty to discuss the case, but he feels very encouraged by the new investigation into the case, and he was “looking forward to the truth coming out.”

As the investigation continues into the background of the victim, a parallel investigation is only really just beginning into Zimmerman. It has uncovered that his father is a retired local judge. This is leading to questions about any role in the decision not to arrest by the local State Attorney’s office.

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8:12PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Bill O stupid O stupid. How do you know how Zimmerman voted? How do you even know he is Mexican? Did you ask to see his papers and voter ID? Does it even show what party you support on your voting card? Hmmm

4:04AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Of course it's connected to the fact that his dad was a judge.

3:19AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Thanks.

1:25AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Noted. Thanks.

1:02AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Once again we see that justice is not blind but has selective vision. We also see that certain people think they're above the law by virtue of their race, wealth, power, etc. Sad.

BillOreally O., what does a "registered Mexican Democrat!" have to do with this? Furthermore nobody is spinning anything. It's the truth about your beloved conservatives that you probably can't deal with. They make up the largest segment of gun-toters (many of whom are racist, nationalists but refuse to admit it) that scream about their rights to bear arms, but many times don't do it responsibly and use gun ownership as a substitute for making logical, rational decisions and as justification for any way they use a gun, responsible or not.

9:58PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Hmmm... Weren't we just talking about "connections" and getting away horrible crimes???

9:31PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Apparently Zimmerman's father was owed a favor by one or two people and Zimmerman was let off. With the wealthy and powerful It's all about who you know, they believe they're above the law.

8:53PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Well at least the Sanford Police were trying to do the right thing. Too bad the State Attorney dropped the ball. And then kicked it under the sofa, never to be seen again....I hope the truth comes out.

8:45PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

More and more shenanigans are coming to light. That which is done in secret is always dangerous to truth.

7:16PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Apparently it's simply legal in Florida to commit murder. The murderer just has to warble about "feeling threatened" and presto, he's off the hook. Be sure to stay away from that crazy state.

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