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(SANFORD, Fla.) — Documents made public for the first time today provide the clearest indication yet why police in Sanford, Fla., thought neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman deserved to be charged for the shooting death of an unarmed teen.

George Zimmerman told police he was afraid of Trayvon Martin, but the lead investigator did not believe him. 

Zimmerman first spotted Martin from his car then followed him on foot, an action police said was “inconsistent” with someone who believed he was in fear. 

Police also found Zimmerman had “at least two chances” to speak to Martin, but failed to properly identify himself. 

Police also concluded Zimmerman’s injuries were only “marginally consistent” with a life-threatening violent episode.

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