George Zimmerman’s integrity has been questioned for the past several weeks because he lied about his finances while under oath in a Florida court. But new documents released by the Florida State Attorney’s Office on Thursday paint George Zimmerman as a “soft guy” with a “little hero complex.”
Several documents released on Thursday include interviews transcript that also argue Zimmerman is neither racist or prejudice. In one interview, a Florida investigator told FBI agents he believed Zimmerman’s actions were based on Martin’s attire rather than skin color.
Zimmerman’s neighbors all said he was not racist. One neighbor called him “culturally rounded” with no racial prejudices.
And the racial slur some say they heard in Zimmerman’s now infamous 911 call, the new records also shed light on that.
The documents also shed light on Zimmerman’s allegedly racist comment. In his call to Sanford Police that night, Zimmerman is heard muttering under his breath something that to many sounded like “f—-ing coon.” But a Sanford officer told FBI officials about the presence of several local gangs who call themselves goons.
That does not match Zimmerman’s version of events. He told police there was a very brief exchange of words, then Trayvon punched him in the nose with such force that he fell to the ground. He said the teenager climbed on top of him and began punching him and pounding his head into a sidewalk.
Most of the new evidence appeared to favor Zimmerman.
A new witness whose name was blacked out told a prosecution investigator March 27 that she saw the fight and that the person on top was the one who wound up dead.
Zimmerman’s ex-fiance provided a bit of evidence that didn’t paint Zimmerman in a positive light. ABC News:
In a statement provided by Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée, she told police that Zimmerman hit her in the mouth for chewing gum, and that a few weeks later there was an incident in which Zimmerman refused to leave her house and, she said, lied to police about a scratch he had incurred from the dog, saying that she instead scratched him. The couple were engaged for a year before calling it off.
The new records also document that Zimmerman’s neighborhood, where he led the Neighborhood Watch, had a bona-fide problem with burglaries. Between March 2010 and March 2012 there were seven burglaries reported in the townhouse community.
“That’s important because Zimmerman says he became suspicious of Trayvon because of all the neighborhood burglaries,” said the Orlando Sentinel’s Weiner and Stutzman.
That last bit could play a crucial role in helping Zimmerman avoid hate crime charges.