emember when we reported that a police investigator wanted to charge George Zimmerman with manslaughter the night he killed Trayvon Martin? Well at the time, we could only speculate about the motivations of that investigator, Christopher Serino. Yesterday, the speculation ended when at least some of Serino’s notes and reports were made public by the judge overseeing the case, Kenneth Lester. The ever industrious Trymaine Lee at Huffington Post Black Voices studied the notes and cited the parts that best explain Serino’s reasoning.
The report also said that Martin’s and Zimmerman’s respective physical dimensions did not place Zimmerman at a disadvantage worthy of lethal force.
“Investigative findings show the physical injuries displayed by [Zimmerman] are marginally consistent with a life-threatening violent episode described by him, during which neither a deadly weapon nor deadly force was deployed by Trayvon Martin,” the report said.
Also, the documents released yesterday reinforce the theory that Zimmerman thought he was some sort of cop. In a one hour video, he had the following interaction with an officer. Notice how he tries to relate to her by asking if she’d ever been in his shoes.
“No,” she said.
“Good for you,” Zimmerman responded. “You’re probably stern enough for them to get the point,” he added, laughing. “You’ve got that authoritative commanding presence.”
My suggestion: if ever interrogated by police, don’t be chatty. It makes you look stupid.