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Ex-Sanford police chief: Zimmerman probe ‘taken away from us’

Posted By yihan On July 11, 2013 @ 12:01 pm In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Eliott C. McLaughlin
CNN [1]
July 11, 2013

The George Zimmerman investigation was hijacked “in a number of ways” by outside forces, said the former police chief of Sanford, Florida.

Bill Lee, who testified Monday in Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, told CNN’s George Howell in an exclusive interview that he felt pressure from city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public rather than as a matter of justice.

“It was (relayed) to me that they just wanted an arrest. They didn’t care if it got dismissed later,” he said. “You don’t do that.”

When Sanford police arrived on the scene on February 26, 2012, after Zimmerman fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, they conducted a “sound” investigation, and the evidence provided no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman at the scene, he said.

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[1] CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/10/justice/sanford-bill-lee-exclusive/index.html

[2] Sanford Police Chief Fears “Violence” in Response to Zimmerman Verdict: http://www.prisonplanet.com/sanford-police-chief-fears-violence-in-response-to-zimmerman-verdict.html

[3] Sanford police surround community where George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin: http://www.prisonplanet.com/sanford-police-surround-community-where-george-zimmerman-shot-trayvon-martin.html

[4] George Zimmerman released on bond in Trayvon Martin killing: http://www.prisonplanet.com/george-zimmerman-released-on-bond-in-trayvon-martin-killing.html

[5] Police surveillance video of Zimmerman may show head injury: http://www.prisonplanet.com/police-surveillance-video-of-zimmerman-may-show-head-injury.html

[6] How George Zimmerman Might Have Won the Trial on Day 5: http://www.prisonplanet.com/how-george-zimmerman-might-have-won-the-trial-on-day-5.html

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