George Zimmerman Didn’t Identify Himself as Watch Leader

George Zimmerman, it seems, failed to identify himself as a watch leader to Trayvon Martin, even though he had at least two opportunities to do so, says a detective in a newly released report.

"Investigative findings show that (Zimmerman) had at least two opportunities to speak with (Martin) in order to defuse the circumstances surrounding their encounter," Christopher Serino, the lead police investigator in the case, wrote in the report. "On at least two occasions (Zimmerman) failed to identify himself as a concerned resident or a neighborhood watch volunteer."

Zimmerman, 28, told police that he shot the teenager in self-defense in accordance with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, and has pleaded not guilty. Martin’s family and civil rights activists state that Zimmerman (who is white and Latino) racially profiled Martin and ignored a 911 dispatcher’s advice to stay away.

Serino also went on to write that Zimmerman’s actions “are inconsistent with those of a person who has sated he was in fear of another subject.” He does write, however, that Zimmerman’s injuries were “marginally consistent with a life-threatening violent episode as described by him.”

Zimmerman had been released on bond, but was ordered back to jail after a Florida judge revoked his bail, claiming Zimmerman had elicited $150,000 in donations – assets that were not disclosed to the court at Zimmerman’s bond hearing. 

Another bond hearing is set for Friday.

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