According to newly released evidence from the FBI, there appears to be no racial motivation in George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin. As NBC Miami reports:
The FBI found no racial bias behind George Zimmerman's shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, according to dozens of documents related to the case released Thursday.
Chris Serino, the lead investigator in the case, told the FBI that while Zimmerman was “overzealous” and had a “little hero complex,” but was not racist. Co-workers, neighbors, and friends of Zimmerman said he did not have any racial bias. Nonetheless, the DOJ investigation into the killing as a hate crime is still open, no doubt in large part to the initial media bias that turned the Trayvon killing into a national story.
The documents also show a political motivation at work in the Trayvon arrest. Sanford Police Sgt. Arthur Barns said the black community “would be in an ‘uproar’ if ZIMMERMAN is not charged. The community will be satisfied if an arrest takes place. As for the civil rights investigation, it is determined to be a violation of Trayvon Martin’s civil rights then it will reflect negatively on the Sanford Police Department and fingers will be pointed at them for not doing their job properly.”