The latest cache of documents released in the Trayvon Martin shooting is yielding more interesting nuggets. “Telling the FBI that he was concerned that people inside the police department were leaking information, (Sanford Police Officer Chris) Serino cited Sgt. Arthur Barnes, officers Rebecca Villalona and Trekelle Perkins “as all pressuring him to file charges against Zimmerman after the incident,” an FBI report said. ‘Serino did not believe he had enough evidence at the time to file charges.’” This, on top of the news that the FBI found no evidence of racial bias on Zimmerman’s part. And there’s more . . .
The summary of Serino’s statement does not mention the race of the officers who allegedly pressured him, but sources told The Miami Herald that Barnes and Perkins are black, and Villalona is married to an African-American man. All three, the source said, had been called in by their supervisor and questioned about leaking information in the case.
But the Martin family attorney’s shouting LA LA LA LA!
“Our position has always been that there’s something going on in the Sanford Police Department,” said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon’s family. “All of this is window dressing. What’s important is George Zimmerman’s statements, which are inconsistent and factually impossible.”
Nothing to see here folks. It’s a Saturday. Move along.