The entire arrest and trial of George Zimmerman has been a political effort to appease race-baiters like Al Sharpton.
(CNN) -- The George Zimmerman investigation was
hijacked "in a number of ways" by outside forces, said the former police
chief of Sanford, Florida.
Bill Lee, who testified Monday in Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial
told CNN's George Howell in an exclusive interview that he felt
pressure from city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public
rather than as a matter of justice.
"It was (relayed) to me
that they just wanted an arrest. They didn't care if it got dismissed
later," he said. "You don't do that."
When Sanford police
arrived on the scene on February 26, 2012, after Zimmerman fatally shot
unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, they conducted a "sound"
investigation, and the evidence provided no probable cause to arrest
Zimmerman at the scene, he said.
It had nothing to do with Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law
, he said; from an investigative standpoint, it was purely a matter of self-defense.
Ex-Sanford police chief Bill Lee actually received a death threat
for no arresting Zimmerman.
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