The latest leak from the Sanford Police Department shows not how scary and threatening Trayvon Martin allegedly was to George Zimmerman (that was yesterday), but rather that prosecutors may have blocked an investigator in his attempt to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter. It's a point for Martin's side in what ABC News calls a "war of leaks."
Zimmerman's defenders found some support Monday when the Orlando Sentinel reported Zimmerman's side of the story, based on a police leak, which had it that Martin knocked him down with one punch and then started beating him. But the latest leak favors Martin because it makes the prosecutors look cynical and possibly racist for not going ahead with the case. It also deflects some blame from the police department.
ABC News is reporting that Chris Serino, the Sanford Police investigator assigned to Martin's killing, had recommended a manslaughter charge but was told by the state attorney's office that there wasn't enough evidence to convict. "Serino filed an affidavit on Feb. 26, the night that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, that stated he was unconvinced Zimmerman's version of events," ABC's Matt Gutman wrote. And with that, Zimmerman's account that Martin was the aggressor gets undermined from within the police department itself.
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