According to the Huffington Post, the family of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin were lied to by police regarding to violent past of 28 year-old neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.
Initially, the Martin family were told that Zimmerman had not been arrested for the shooting because his “squeaky clean” criminal record bolstered his claim that the shooting took place in self defense.
Not so, says family attorney Benjamin Crump. Zimmerman’s record is anything but squeaky clean; in 2005 Orange County police charged Zimmerman with resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. These charges were later dropped.
Trayvon Martin, on the other hand, had no criminal record at all.