Investigator in Trayvon Martin Case Wanted Zimmerman Arrested at the Scene
The shooting of Trayvon Martin has been floodlighted with media attention with rallies happening in cities from coast to coast and Martin’s parents appearing at Capitol Hill. There has been much controversy and debate over the case where experts are questioning the defense of “self-defense,” or the stand your ground law. At the end of the day however, an unarmed 17-year-old boy was shot dead by the neighborhood watch crime captain. The debate over the case is likely to escalate as tension increases and supporters demand the arrest of George Zimmerman.
What is Stand Your Ground Law?
Florida Statute 776.032 states: “A person who uses force is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer…” The Stand Your Ground Law is there to justify the use of force or a firearm if there is a reasonable fear of imminent danger. In order for Zimmerman to use this as a defense, he needs to prove that he immediately believed he was in danger of being harmed.
However, even some law enforcement officers don’t believe his recount of the events that occurred.
According to ABC News, the lead homicide investigator in the shooting recommended that Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting, multiple sources told ABC News. However, Sanford, Fla., Investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney’s office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn’t enough evidence to lead to a conviction, according to ABC News.
Police brought Zimmerman into the station for questioning for a few hours on the night of the shooting, said Zimmerman’s attorney, despite his request for medical attention first. Ultimately they had to accept Zimmerman’s claim of self defense. He was never charged with a crime.
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.