First Officer to Arrive at Scene of Trayvon martin’s Death, Was Involved in Previous Cover-up

It has been revealed that the first officer, Sergeant Anthony Raimondo, to arrive on the scene of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was also involved in a police cover-up in 2010. Raimondo was at the center of a controversy surrounding Justin Collison, the son of a Sanford police lieutenant and part of a prominent family, who punched a homeless black man, Sherman Ware, but was not arrested.

Raimondo was the patrol sergeant in charge on the night Collison, who is white, was detained. Raimondo chose not to press charges against Collison at the behest of his superiors.

A video of Collison punching Ware from behind and driving his face into a pole, breaking his nose, was posted on YouTube. Sanford police had this video in their possession but no charges were filed against Collison until local news outlets exposed the cover-up.

One month later, mounting pressure led to Collison’s arrest. He was charged with felony battery, disorderly conduct, and made to pay restitution to Ware for medical bills and personal damages. Collison also made donations to area non-profits at Ware’s request, as part of his compensation.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into the conduct of the nine officers on duty the night Collison was released without being charged. Ultimately, the scandal led to the retirement of former Sanford Police Chief Brian Tooley.

Currently Raimondo has three validated complaints against him and another one pending.

 

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