Zimmerman Investigator felt Peer Pressure to Charge
In Sanford Investigator Chris Serino's 2 page interview with the FBI, he says he felt pressure from three officers to charge Zimmerman, even though he didn't feel there was enough evidence to charge. He didn't believe Zimmerman was motivated by racial bias. The Miami Herald article is here, and Serino's FBI interview is here.
According to Serino, one of the cops pressuring hims was a Sgt. Barns, who Serino said is a friend of Tracy Martin's. Barns even asked Serino for Martin's phone number. Serino says he ended up getting it from somewhere else. My likely suspect: Team Crump.
Serino told the FBI this during a discussion about his concern that officers were leaking information.
Serino also told the FBI that he didn't think George was racist, but that he may have had something of a "hero complex". [More...]
Barns, in his own interview, doesn't mention he's friends with Tracy Martin. His focal point is on the potential racial uprising if no charges are brought.
On March 13, Crump team member Natalie Jackson is quoted in the Orlando Sentinel as saying:
"Racism is too simple. It may have been a factor," said family attorney Natalie Jackson. But also to blame was Zimmerman's "hero complex." He should never have gotten out of his vehicle and confronted Trayvon, she said.
Serino's interview was on March 3. Her comment reported in the Orlando Sentinel was on March 13. Who leaked Serino's statement to Team Crump?
Coincidence? Not in my mind.
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