Investigator: Zimmerman is “Overzealous” But a “Soft Guy” With a “Hero Complex”
Sanford Police Department homicide investigator Chris Serino said he “believes that when Zimmerman saw Martin in a hoody, Zimmerman took it upon himself to view Martin as acting suspicious,” according to documents released today by the State Attorney’s Office.
To determine whether or not this case should be prosecuted as a hate crime, the F.B.I. interviewed family, friends, and neighbors of George Zimmerman, who, for the most part, said they had not observed any racial animus in him.
There was much more in the evidence released yesterday, according to ABC News:
The documents also shed light on Zimmerman’s allegedly racist comment. In his call to Sanford Police that night, Zimmerman is heard muttering under his breath something that to many sounded like “f—ing c**n.” But a Sanford officer told FBI officials about the presence of several local gangs who call themselves goons.
The public also sees, for the first time, Martin’s now iconic hoodie, as well as the sweatshirt he wore underneath. The bullet hole is clearly visible, encircled by a bloodstain.
Zimmerman reached out to police in 2011 to set up the neighborhood watch program. The Homeowner’s Association had asked Zimmerman to be the coordinator and he was handed a handbook and was explained the duties and responsibilities to which he and other coordinators should adhere, according to the documents.
The documents also allude to Zimmerman’s overzealous behavior, which included him calling the police because one of his neighbors left their garage up. Zimmerman’s girlfriend also described to police an incident where Zimmerman hit her in the mouth for chewing gum. She described her ex-fance’ as s wannabe cop who would lie to manipulate situations, saying Zimmerman once lied and said she gave him the scratches that he’d actually gotten from his dog.
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