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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:55 AM

Has anyone seen the letter from the Sanford City Council?

This is a link, from an article about the Trayvon Martin case that is supposed to be a letter from the city council, but it doesn't open for me:
http://www.sanfordfl.gov/investigation/docs/Zimmerman_Martin_shooting.pdf

(Give me a link, if it has been posted already, I didn't see it in a search.)

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Reply Has anyone seen the letter from the Sanford City Council? (Original post)
AnotherDreamWeaver Mar 2012 OP
Art_from_Ark Mar 2012 #1
TeamsterDem Mar 2012 #2
rurallib Mar 2012 #3
HipChick Mar 2012 #4
AnotherDreamWeaver Mar 2012 #5

Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:02 AM

1. I was able to open it with no problem

I'm not sure if I can paste the whole thing here, but at least here is an excerpt:

"The men and women of the Sanford Police Department extend our heartfelt sympathies to the
Martin family. This is indeed a tragic situation. The death of anyone due to violence, especially a
17 year old young man, is morally appalling. As this incident has generated a lot of media
attention, we wanted to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Why was George Zimmerman not arrested the night of the shooting?
When the Sanford Police Department arrived at the scene of the incident, Mr. Zimmerman
provided a statement claiming he acted in self defense which at the time was supported by
physical evidence and testimony. By Florida Statute, law enforcement was PROHIBITED from
making an arrest based on the facts and circumstances they had at the time. Additionally, when
any police officer makes an arrest for any reason, the officer MUST swear and affirm that he/she
is making the arrest in good faith and with probable cause. If the arrest is done maliciously and
in bad faith, the officer and the City may be held liable. "

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:02 AM

2. Here's the document. Since it's not copyrighted I hope it's not a problem here

Fellow Citizens:
There has been a lot of media attention to the recent incident where George Zimmerman shot and
killed Trayvon Martin. This is indeed a tragic situation and has caused a flood of questions and
strong emotions from within our community, the region and nation. On behalf of the employees
of the City of Sanford, Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family and friends of
Trayvon Martin. As a father, I can only image the pain Trayvon’s family must be going though.
In an effort to continue to be as responsive as possible to the public seeking information on the
incident, I have asked Chief Lee to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked
questions regarding this matter. Below are his responses. Please understand that since this is
still an ongoing investigation, the Police Department is limited in what information it can
publicly release.
The City of Sanford is committed to insuring that justice is served and, therefore, the City of
Sanford has contacted the United States Attorney General’s Office for assistance in this matter.
The men and women of the Sanford Police Department extend our heartfelt sympathies to the
Martin family. This is indeed a tragic situation. The death of anyone due to violence, especially a
17 year old young man, is morally appalling. As this incident has generated a lot of media
attention, we wanted to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Why was George Zimmerman not arrested the night of the shooting?
When the Sanford Police Department arrived at the scene of the incident, Mr. Zimmerman
provided a statement claiming he acted in self defense which at the time was supported by
physical evidence and testimony. By Florida Statute, law enforcement was PROHIBITED from
making an arrest based on the facts and circumstances they had at the time. Additionally, when
any police officer makes an arrest for any reason, the officer MUST swear and affirm that he/she
is making the arrest in good faith and with probable cause. If the arrest is done maliciously and
in bad faith, the officer and the City may be held liable.
According to Florida Statute 776.032 :
776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of
force.—
(1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is
justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for
the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law
enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of
his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with
any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that
the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal
prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the
defendant.
(2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of
force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using
force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was
unlawful.

Why the 911 tapes are not yet released?
There are exemptions to the public records laws for active criminal intelligence and for ongoing
investigations. In this instance, the 911 calls made by neighbors in the subdivision, and the nonemergency call made by Mr. Zimmerman are all key to the investigation by Sanford Police
Department. In consultation with the Office of the State Attorney, the Sanford police department
has decided not to release the audio recordings of the 911 calls due to the ongoing investigation.
Many times, specific information is contained in those recordings which is vital to the integrity
of the investigation. Should it be revealed, the information may compromise the integrity of the
investigation prior to its completion.
Why did Mr. Zimmerman have a firearm in his possession while acting in the role of a
neighborhood watch member?
Mr. Zimmerman holds a concealed weapon permit issued from the State of Florida. He is
authorized to carry the weapon in a concealed manner wherever Florida Statute dictates.
Neighborhood Watch programs are designed for members of a neighborhood to be “eyes and
ears” for police and to watch out for their neighbors. They are not members of the Police
Department nor are they vigilantes. Training provided by law enforcement agencies to
Neighborhood Watch organizations stresses non-contact surveillance of suspicious situations and
notifying police of those situations so that law enforcement can respond and take control of the
situation.
Mr. Zimmerman was not acting outside the legal boundaries of Florida Statute by carrying his
weapon when this incident occurred. He was in fact on a personal errand in his vehicle when he
observed Mr. Martin in the community and called the Sanford Police Department.
If Zimmerman was told not to continue to follow Trayvon, can that be considered in this
investigation?
Yes it will; however, the telecommunications call taker asked Zimmerman “are you following
him”. Zimmerman replied, “yes”. The call taker stated “you don’t need to do that”. The call
taker’s suggestion is not a lawful order that Mr. Zimmerman would be required to follow.
Zimmerman’s statement was that he had lost sight of Trayvon and was returning to his truck to
meet the police officer when he says he was attacked by Trayvon.
Why was George Zimmerman labeled as “squeaky clean” when in fact he has a prior
arrest history?
In one of the initial meetings with the father of the victim the investigator related to him the
account that Mr. Zimmerman provided of the incident. At that time the investigator said that Mr.
Zimmerman portrayed himself to be “squeaky clean”. We are aware of the background
information regarding both individuals involved in this event. We believe Mr. Martin may have
misconstrued this information.

What about media reenactments of the shooting incident?
Any media reenactments of the shooting incident are purely speculation. To date the Sanford
Police Department has not released any rendition of the events of the evening to anyone other
than the Office of the State Attorney. The renditions we have seen are not consistent with the
evidence in this case. The Sanford Police Department has conducted a complete and fair investigation of this incident.
We have provided the results of our investigation to the Office of the State Attorney for their
review and consideration for possible criminal prosecution.
Although the Police Department is the target of the troubling questions, let me assure you we too
feel the pain of this senseless tragedy that has dramatically affected our community. Therefore,
as we move forward and strive to answer the questions that are a point of controversy in the
community, we ask for your patience, understanding and assistance in getting the correct
information to the community.
Thank you,
Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr., ICMA-CM
City Manager

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Response to TeamsterDem (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:23 AM

3. Playing the oldies from the 50s again

whitewashing the death of a black man at the hands of a policeman or an other white man.
I thought we were done with all that , but apparently not.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:30 AM

4. This is why everytime I hear the term "Post Racial america" I cringe..n/t

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Response to TeamsterDem (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:55 AM

5. Thank you, I wonder how the GOP feels now about having a convention in Florida...

May the day go well for all concerned here. After listening to tapes and reports from witnesses I hope the Sanford PD finds there is "reasonable evidence" at this point.

It appears this guy was not employed by the homeowners association, just volunteered to take on the position of being the local cop. I haven't heard of Zimmerman being employed by anyone. Does anyone know if he had a real job? Was he living with his father?

I read somewhere he had attended some sort of police academy, was he still there or had he dropped out? Searches I did didn't bring the information up.

Thanks again,

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