By Josh Sager
- There was no collection of forensics from the scene of the shooting; this is highly irregular and in direct contradiction of procedure for all suspicious deaths.
- Police never tested the clothing worn by either Zimmerman or Martin for blood and gunshot residue to determine whether self-defense is even feasible.
- Police ran a background check on Martin, the victim, but not Zimmerman, the shooter.
- Zimmerman was allowed to leave the police station, with his gun and ammunition, before the police had even begun interviewing witnesses.
- Zimmerman claimed to be the victim of a severe beating, yet police did not send him to the hospital for an evaluation (to check for skull fractures, concussion or intracranial bleeding); this means that either the police were negligent regarding Zimmerman’s health, or they did not believe his story about being beaten.
- Despite the lead homicide detective recommending charges of manslaughter, the DA (who later resigned from the case) didn’t press charges – the rationale behind this decision is currently unknown.
- The police logged Martin into the morgue as a John Doe, despite having his cell phone (which was ignored, even while his father was calling him numerous times), and didn’t contact his family for three days after the shooting.
- According to several witnesses, police officers collecting statements “corrected” witnesses when they said that they heard Martin scream – this is directly contrary to police procedure.
Public Relations Irregularities
- Several leaks, portraying Martin as a troubled child or a thug were released to the media from secure records – likely by the police – during the uproar over the lack of charges
- Multiple, conflicting, stories were given by the police as to why Zimmerman was not arrested (ongoing investigation, self-defense, no probable cause), yet none of these were demonstrated to be true by the information we have now.
- The lack of police action in response to a dead black child has caused a significant reaction by the black community, as this shooting is part of a pattern of disinterest in solving crimes where the victim is black.
- Zimmerman’s father was a judge and his mother a legal secretary, leading many to see the lack of arrest in this case to be caused by preferential treatment.
- Not until significant public outrage was directed at the shooting and lack of justice did the police seriously pursue arresting or charging Zimmerman – if this outrage had not erupted, the case would have likely disappeared without ever reaching the justice system.