The State AG is the entity that presses charges, or not; at least for criminal infractions. So, even if the family was confused, by luck they got that part right.
The police are authorized, under the laws of the state of Florida, to arrest and detain people. They do it all the time, without getting an "ok" to arrest from the State AG. The threshold for arrest is probable cause, something less than "preponderance of the evidence" (more likely than not). The arresting officer has to have something that would cause a reasonable person to have suspicion.
What I'm seeking is a source, before Matt Gutman's March 27 or thereabouts piece, that has Wolfinger and Lee in a "conspiracy" on 26/27 Feb, to release Zimmerman. By conspiracy, I mean ANYTHING that has them in contact, either by phone or in person, on the night of Feb 26.
Since Ricardo was the first reporter and entered the gun into evidence, which Smith,first responder, had collected, don't see how there would be that much “evidence” material for him to observe.
Only forty five minutes from first arrival until they got to SPD IIRC.
In letter to ABC town deals with a narcotic officer (leaked by a member of the department) being involved in the case.
Obviously the department is not very large. Sure would like to see a list of all in the department and who their partners are.
Are we dealing with a rotten apple in the barrel? One that they (Town and AG) don’t want to spoil the entire department? Is the leaker trying to throw suspicion on others to protect himself?