Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's after the fact when everyone was in cover their own azz mode, look at the date. Also remember that the information includes typical reporter embellishments.<quoted text>
Posted on Thursday, 07.12.12
TRAYVON MARTIN CASE
Detective in Zimmerman case said he was pressured to file charges
The lead Sanford Police investigator who sought manslaughter charges against George Zimmerman told the FBI that a sergeant and two other officers tried to pressure him into making an arrest in the controversial case — even though he didn’t think there was enough evidence.
Sanford Police Officer Chris Serino first made headlines when evidence released in the case showed he sought manslaughter charges against Zimmerman even while his chief publicly said there was no probable cause to arrest him. But a document released late Thursday casts doubt on Serino’s prior sworn affidavit seeking criminal charges, and raises questions about the credibility of the star law-enforcement witness in the murder case against Zimmerman for the shooting death of a black teenager, Miami Gardens high school junior Trayvon Martin..
Telling the FBI that he was concerned that people inside the police department were leaking information, Serino cited Sgt. Arthur Barnes, officers Rebecca Villalona and Trekelle Perkins “as all pressuring him to file charges against Zimmerman after the incident,” an FBI report said.“Serino did not believe he had enough evidence at the time to file charges.”
The summary of Serino’s statement does not mention the race of the officers who allegedly pressured him, but sources told The Miami Herald that Barnes and Perkins are black, and Villalona is married to an African-American man. All three, the source said, had been called in by their supervisor and questioned about leaking information in the case.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/12/2892510...
During the initial investigation 2/26 Sunday and 2/27 Serino was not being pressured by the black officers, they weren't present, if Serino was being pressured it was by Chief Lee, the question is why? It's my belief that Osterman played some role in George having been released rather than charged and booked. I simply can't imagine why Chief Lee became convinced that George was acting in self defense before the deceased was identified and the initial investigation was complete.
There were some very nervous Sanford police on the morning of
2/27/12 when the deceased was ID'd which explains the stonewalling during the first few weeks.
Your article is dated 7/12/12 nearly five months after the fact.