Jeff Triplett, the mayor of Sanford, FL, the city where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, says he overruled police and prosecutors who opposed the release of the 911 tapes, telling them: "We're not here to hide anything."
Triplett, who is a senior vice president at United Legacy Bank and part-time mayor of Sanford, said he made the decision after Trayvon’s family asked for the release of recordings of a call that shooter George Zimmerman made to police and 911 calls from neighbors who heard the confrontation.
According to an interview Triplett did with Reuters, police, prosecutors and the city attorney opposed releasing the calls because of the ongoing investigation.
"Everyone was saying to me, no, no, no, don't turn them over. I just continually asked, 'Why wouldn't we do this?'"
"I made that call to try to settle everything down a little bit, to let the family hear what transpired. We were being accused of a lot of things, or the police department was, so we can take the step to say, 'We're not here to hide anything.'"
It isn’t any surprise that Sanford police didn’t want to release the 911 tapes considering that they have bungled the case from the beginning.
George Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot an unarmed Trayvon in the chest at point blank range on Feb. 26 in The Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford, Florida.
Zimmerman has been claiming self-defense from day one, has not been charged with a crime and is currently in hiding.
Zimmerman’s self-defense case is falling apart. With the release of the Zimmerman video being led into the Sanford police station showing no signs of abuse, and now the funeral director saying that Trayvon had no signs of bruising or cuts, it is only a matter of time before he is arrested. #HoodiesUp
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