Our friends over at the Orlando Sentinel obtained new evidence in the George Zimmerman murder case, including new details of Zimmerman's interest in law enforcement and testimony alleging racism and sexism in the Sanford Police Department.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation documents, part of an ongoing civil-rights investigation into the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford, include interviews with Sanford police, Zimmerman's neighbors and at least one coworker.
Some of those interviewed said they interacted with Zimmerman in the aftermath of the shooting. As in previously released FBI records, none of those interviewed said they'd known Zimmerman to behave in a racist manner.
One witness in the documents is a former policeman who was a coworker of Zimmerman's at the time of the shooting. Zimmerman was fascinated by the coworker's law-enforcement experience, an FBI report shows, particularly a shooting years earlier.
The coworker told the FBI that he was working as a canine handler for a police agency when he shot a fleeing African-American suspect in the back in March 2008.
The former officer said he was fired at by the suspect first. He said he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, but "was too young to deal with the stress that came with the shooting so he resigned."
Zimmerman, the witness said, "was interested in the fact that [the witness] was so young and involved in a shooting as a police officer. [Zimmerman] became interested in the facts of the case and would talk to [the witness] about the incident," according to an FBI report.
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SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel