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More George Zimmerman Case Documents Released

By Brian Hamacher and Karen Yi

The FBI found no racial bias behind George Zimmerman's shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, according to dozens of documents related to the case released Thursday.

The second round of discovery documents released by prosecutors include reports from the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and State Attorney's Office as well as photos of the crime scene, aerial photos, police calls and surveillance video related to the shooting.

Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder for the killing of Martin, 17, in a Sanford gated community in February. He claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

The documents from the State Attorney's Office include memorandums of interviews between investigators and witnesses, family members and officers who responded to the scene and worked on the case.

Chris Serino, the lead investigator on the shooting, told the FBI race wasn't behind the shooting."SERINO believed that ZIMMERMAN's actions were not based on MARTIN's skin color rather based on his attire, the total circumstances of the encounter and the previous burglary suspects in the community," the FBI wrote in the report. "Serino described ZIMMERMAN as overzealous and as having a 'little hero complex', but not as a racist."

The FBI is conducting a probe into whether there were civil rights violations in the handling of Martin's death investigation, and the FDLE assisted the criminal investigation.

In the FBI documents, several co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances of Zimmerman say they never knew him to have any bias toward race or religion.

The Department of Justice's investigation — to determine whether the shooting was a hate crime — is still open. Justice Department officials told NBC News they have no plans to pursue charges while the state's murder case against Zimmerman is proceeding.

Zimmerman's former fiancee, who was interviewed by the FBI, described their volatile relationship which began in 2001, according to the report. The woman, whose name was redacted, told the FBI that the couple began to argue a lot after their engagement and described a couple times where he became physically aggressive.

The engagement ended, and both Zimmerman and the woman later filed injunctions against each other, the report said. Despite her allegations, the woman told the FBI that Zimmerman had never exhibited any biases or prejudices against anyone and never used racial epithets of any kind. She added that he "was not the type of person to place himself in a physical confrontation" and he was the last person she would expect to be involved in a shooting.

The FDLE also interviewed a friend of Zimmerman who was a former Seminole County deputy. The friend, whose name was redacted, said he had met Zimmerman sometime between 2006-2007, and added that he taught him how to shoot, the report said.

"[Redacted] described Zimmerman as a person of strong character but not very street wise. Redacted has never known Zimmerman to be in a fist fight," the report said. "[Redacted] has never known Zimmerman to associate with anyone known to have any bias/prejudice against any individual or group based on race, religion, etc..."

The friend also said "Zimmerman never actively patrolled the neighborhood, but would just be very observant to what was going on while walking his dog around the neighborhood," according to the report.

However, a neighbor who lives in the Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood where Zimmerman lived and the shooting happened, told the FBI she would see Zimmerman drive around the neighborhood with his car lights off, and saw him check the walkways with a flashlight late at night, the report said.

Also included is an FBI interview with Sanford Police Sgt. Arthur Barns, an African-American officer who has been with the department for 25 years.

According to the report, Barns said the number one crime in Sanford is burglaries, and said they have been an issue in the area of the Retreat at Twin Lakes.

"Barns believes the African American Community would be in an 'uproar' if ZIMMERMAN is not charged. The community will be satisfied if an arrest takes place. As for the civil rights investigation, if it is determined to be a violation of Trayvon Martin's civil rights then it will reflect negatively on the Sanford Police Department and fingers will be pointed at them for not doing their job properly. Barns feels the community is at a 50/50 split whether it was a hate crime or not," the report said. "Barns felt the shooting was not racially motivated, but it was a man shooting an un-armed kid."

The lack of an arrest for 44 days led to protests nationwide and the departure of Sanford's police chief.

Included in the documents are black and white photos of the bullet that killed Martin and two of his sweatshirts pierced by the bullet. One sweatshirt, which Martin was apparently wearing underneath his hoodie, is stained with blood around the bullet hole.

One of the State Attorney's Office interviews is with Sanford Officer Tim Smith, who was the first to respond to the scene. Smith noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from his nose.

In another interview, Sergeant Steve Lynch noted he didn't see any injuries on Zimmerman's nose.

"Zimmerman asked if he could wash up. Officer Lynch reminded the other officer to ensure that a photograph was taken of the 2 small lacerations on the back of Zimmerman's head. Officer Lynch did not notice any injury to Zimmerman's nose," the report said. "Officer Lynch saw Zimmerman cuffed in the interview room sitting in a chair. Zimmerman was 'grunting' as if in pain."

A witness whose name was redacted in an interview with FDLE said he saw Zimmerman bleeding from his face and head with his flashlight.

"[Redacted] shined his light on Zimmerman and saw blood on Zimmerman's face and the back of his head," the report said.

A co-worker of Zimmerman who was interviewed by the FBI said he saw Zimmerman the morning after the shooting.

"[Redacted] immediately noticed ZIMMERMAN had medical tape across his nose that ran under his eyes. [Redacted] observed [redacted] Zimmerman's face was black and blue under the tape that ran across the front of his face. [Redacted] noticed bruising beneath the tape of both of ZIMMERMAN's eyes. Zimmerman told him that his nose was broken," the report said.

Also interviewed by the State Attorney's Office was Martin's cousin, whose name is also redacted. When he was asked to identify a voice heard calling for help in a 911 call, he said it's definitely Martin.

"When asked about the calls for help he said without a doubt 'on a stack of Bibles' that it was Trayvon's voice," the report said.

Zimmerman's attorneys say it was Zimmerman who was calling for help.

Among the material released Thursday were seven calls Zimmerman made between August 2011 to February 2012 to the non-emergency line at the Sanford Police Department to report suspicious activity in the neighborhood and cite a group of kids playing in the streets.

In the first call dated August 3, 2011, Zimmerman tells the dispatcher his neighborhood got burglarized earlier that day and that someone matching the suspect’s description is back in the area.

"Our neighborhood got burglarized or robbed today and my wife saw one of the kids that did it, and we see someone that matches his description in the neighborhood right now, again,” Zimmerman tells the dispatcher.

When asked, Zimmerman describes the suspect as a black individual and says the individual went between the houses to the back. Meanwhile, someone can be heard in the background describing what’s going on outside.

In another call on August 6, 2011, Zimmerman tells the dispatcher there are two youths back in the neighborhood that were also previously identified by his wife for a prior break-in. He describes them as two black males in their late teens.

"They typically run away quickly and I think they head over to the next neighborhood over so you may want to send a unit over [there],” Zimmerman says.

Zimmerman again reports two "suspicious characters" on October 1, 2011. In the call he says, “We’ve had a lot of break ins in our neighborhood recently and I’m on the neighborhood watch and there’s two suspicious characters at the gate of my neighborhood, I’ve never seen them before, I have no idea what they’re doing, they’re just hanging out, loitering."

The suspects are described as two African-African males in the mid to late 20s or early 30s.

On February 2, 2012, weeks before the fatal shooting, Zimmerman made another call to non-emergency to report a man walking around the neighborhood.

"He keeps going to this guy’s house, I know him, I know the resident, he’s Caucasian. And he’s going up to the house and going along the side of it and then coming to the street and then going back to the side of it. I don’t know what he’s doing, I don’t want to approach him, personally," he says.

Zimmerman, who was arrested in April, was released from jail last week after posting $1 million bond. Zimmerman’s original bond of $150,000 was revoked and he was ordered to return to jail last month after prosecutors claimed he and his wife misled the court about how much money they had.

His attorneys say he is staying in a safehouse in Seminole County.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/More-George-Zimmerman-Case-Documents-to-Be-Released-162190305.html


Added: Jul-13-2012 Occurred On: Jul-13-2012
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  • when this case is acquitted that fat cunt attorney who had him arrested should be disbarred, charged with civil rights crimes and thrown in prison...fucking obama stooges.

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  • Also not mentioned by the Obama left wing press...the break ins in zimmermans neighborhood have STOPPED COMPLETELY since Trayvon got gunned the fuck down.

    Yea, justice motherfuckers!

    The police should search trayvons parents home for stolen goods...

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  • Clearly there is a race bias in this case.
    The MSM media calls Zimmerman "white" (Zimmerman is no more white than Obama and no one ever called him white).
    Several black eye witnesses changed their stories after Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson spoke to them. Initially they said Martin was on top of Zimmerman who was screaming for his life. Eric Holder refuses to let the Florida courts handle the case and bullies his way in and starts investigating Zimmerman for hate crimes.

    The wh More..

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    • @RoccoSantoro
      "Several black eye witnesses changed their stories after Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson spoke to them." Verify this with credible references - I dare you.

      "Trayvon Martin was a worthless piece of shit who's thugging and burglaries...". Again, verify this with credible sources - I double dog dare you

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    • @j_ramone Your hero Treyvon was all over facebook holding up gang-signs and getting in to street fights. He bragged about assaulting a bus-driver. We won't get to know your hero's criminal record, because he was a minor. So, you'll get to go ahead and keep pretending he didn't have one.

      Meanwhile, Zimmerman was a law abiding CCW holder who wouldn't be allowed to carry if he were a criminal.

      But. You go ahead and keep pretending that Zimmerman just decided to murder somebody for fun one day, ou More..

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    • @j_ramone
      I made that part up about the witnesses being spoken to and changing their stories. The black witnesses changed their stories completely however, maybe you can explain that one. Martin was caught with a bag full of women's jewelry and wedding rings with burglary tools. How do YOU explain that one? Martin's thugging is pretty common knowledge and has been reported on. Look for yourself and if you can't find it I will link.

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    • @RoccoSantoro
      As I said, verify both statements with credible references. Simple enough request, but I guarantee you can't do it. I really don't give a shit either way, just back up what you post as fact. You can't.

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    • @ST0N3PONY
      Not my hero - whether either one of them lived or died makes no difference in my life. I really don't give a shit either way. All I ask is that you back up your words with credible references, and just like the other guy, I guarantee you can't.

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  • He will be found Not Guilty by a Florida jury.

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  • This story has legs.

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  • Zimmerman is innocent, just drop all this bullshit and move on. Homeboy got what he wanted. Fuck trayvon or whatever his name is.

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  • This shit is still going on? Dude is innocent the kid was up to no good and got clipped for trying to be hard. End of story.

    The guy is already out 1 mil of his pocket, what else now.

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  • Set Zimmerman Free!!!!!

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  • better ammo up when zimmerman walks sharpton and jackson will be on every channel spouting crap and inciting riots and there will be riots ,hope if there is the public stands its ground and protects what is theirs,by any means nessecery,few arsonest laying face down should get the point across.

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    • @outsidelooknn yea if they rioted after the rodney king acquittal, just think what they'll do when a black teen is killed and the self-defender is found not guilty. It's gonna be hell

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    • @outsidelooknn All we have to do is shut down all KFC's and other fast food places. They will die off from starvation.

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    • @ticklemygooch hey leave my KFC alone,,i need the prozac and antibiotics they stuff em with

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    • @Amusing lot of deer hunters around here,30,06's,308,7 mags,lol, sure would hate to be on the receiving end of any .22 included

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  • Really fucking sad. This guy's life is over. Justice will not be served, he will never live this one down, blacks will make sure of it. Oh how corrupt everything is, no honor, no dignity, the system is a total failure.

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  • Free Zimmerman! he did us a favor!

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  • I'm sure Treyvon had a mouth on him, most kids his age have raging hormones coupled with the youth culture of today, and after being immediately targeted as a would be burglar by zimmerman and harassed I'm sure the kid did start a physical confrontation with him.

    The question is... what kind of little bitch immediately calls the cops because someone with a hoodie (it was February yes?) on walks the road on the way home. Zimmerman is a fucking barney fife wanna be that has no balls nor brains t More..

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    • @Muscledoctor He lived in a gated community. And last time I checked being a"barney fife wanna be" isn't against the law. If this guy was on top of me banging my head on the pavement and I had a gun I would have shot him in a ny minute.

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    • @marc1921 Neighborhood watch - To watch,observe,and call the police if necessary. The kid was carrying concealed skittles. No drugs,no guns... skittles.
      Zimmerman created the situation that led to him killing a kid.

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    • @Muscledoctor You think he couldn't kill Zimmerman by banging his head on the pavement? As far as i'm concerned that was attempted murder.

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    • @marc1921 If Zimmerman would have stayed in his safe little car and listened to 911 dispatch,Treyvon would have been stopped by the police,questioned,and sent on his way.

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  • But, but, but! He's WHITE!

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  • All of you need to face the fact that the kid was a thug that was looking for someone's house to break into and got stopped. All the black ppl out there like to pretend that all the other blacks that get killed this way are doing no wrong. I'm sure he sold drugs and stole shit all the time so he got what he deserved.

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  • And moving on...

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  • This sets it up for major liable and slander suits against all those fucking assholes that were throwing the racist remark around at him. They should have stuck with "killer" that part is at least true.

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  • If a black vigilante was "patrolling" his neighborhood and he chased, fought with and shot, at point blank range, a white teenager armed with a bag of Skittles - he would have been tried and convicted by now!

    You are a red-neck if: you can't recognize an alternate reality.

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  • The long knives of the politcally correct Brigade are out for Zim, sadly. He will never get a fair trial, the jury will probably be all black welfare recipients with a chip on their shoulder and a sense of entitlement.

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  • This black teen was a scumbag!!! Why the fuck people are on his dick as if he was like a saint or something.

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  • he's leakin,

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  • such a sad story. I sincerely believe George thought he was confronting a robber and Trayvon thought he was confronting a stalker. It is sad that only one of them walked away and it is sadder that it took public outcry for a trial. George is innocent until proven guilty, but to not have a trial when an innocent was murdered, that is not justice.

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    • @nkdmansam This isn't Nazi Germany. You can't arrest people without cause or evidence. And there was neither, because he did nothing wrong.

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    • @ST0N3PONY

      without cause?!?... an unarmed boy was shot dead walking home from a convenience store. That is "cause" in my book, nothing Nazi Germany about prosecuting potential murders. If the evidence is as overwhelming as you assume it is, then the trial should be a short, open-and-shut affair.

      Things George did wrong beyond a shadow of a doubt:
      1. Assumed the black kid with the hoodie in his neighborhood was engaged in criminal activity.
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    • @nkdmansam Again, this is America, and Zimmerman is innocent until proved guilty. There was no cause to arrest him. He may have done something wrong in your opinion. But, the law is something other than your opinion or my opinion.

      He had every right to carry a gun and be in a neighborhood watch. He had every right to follow Treyvon. And he had every right to shoot in self defense.

      Treyvon messed up and attacked an armed person this time. He should have stuck to attacking helpless bus drivers.

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    • @ST0N3PONY

      I think you missed the point. You can't prove someone guilty without a trial. Justice doesn't mean Zimmerman goes to jail for murder, justice, in this case, means that he stands trial. That's all. In America, when someone not committing a crime gets shot, there's usually a trial.

      my 2 points are not opinion, they are based on Zimmerman's story
      1. that the hoodie with the hood up made him suspect Trayvons motives for being there and the recent history burglary in the neighborhood c More..

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    • @nkdmansam A 911 operator's advice is irrelevant. He's not obligated to sit in his car. He has every right to observe somebody on a neighborhood watch. He had every right to carry, and to shoot when Treyvon attacked him.

      Treyvon had no right to attack him.

      "If Trayvon had taken the gun from Zimmerman in the scuffle, shot him and claimed self-defence/stand-your-ground would you be fine with the Police not bringing charges?"

      Zimmerman didn't attack anybody. You're actually asking me i More..

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