May 25, 2012, - 4:35 pm
While the FBI continues to focus several agents’ attention on finding a way to charge George Zimmerman with a hate crime in his shooting of Trayvon Martin, more and more evidence is emerging that he is anything but a racist. The Miami Herald found records of a meeting which Zimmerman attended and in which he was critical of what he saw as a cover-up after the White son of a Sanford, Florida police officer beat a Black man. Associated Press obtained recordings of the meeting.
George Zimmerman accused the Sanford police department of corruption more than a year before he shot Trayvon Martin, saying at a public forum the agency covered up the beating of a black homeless man by the son of a white officer.
“I would just like to state that the law is written in black and white,” Zimmerman said during a 90-second statement to city commissioners at a community forum. “It should not and cannot be enforced in the gray for those who are in the thin blue line.”
The forum took place on Jan. 8, 2011, days after a video of the beating went viral on the Internet and then-Sanford Police Chief Brian Tooley was forced to retire. Tooley’s department faced criticism for dragging its feet in arresting Justin Collison, the son of a police lieutenant.
“I’d like to know what action the commission is taking in order to repeal Mr. Tooley’s pension,” Zimmerman said to the commission. “I’m not asking you to repeal his pension; I believe he’s already forfeited his pension by his illegal cover-up in corruption in what happened in his department.”
Attending the meeting and making those statements aren’t exactly the hallmarks of a racist.
The case is falling apart more and more every single day, with four key witnesses changing their stories and, now, this. But no matter. Prosecutors will go on with the case. They’ve started down a road of no return in their minds, and they won’t turn away from the forces of political correctness and race merchantry now. Plus, they just don’t want to pass up the opportunities of media stardom when the trial commences.
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