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FBI: No Evidence That George Zimmerman Is a Racist

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI found no evidence that accused murderer George Zimmerman was racist when he shot an unarmed black teen in Florida, according to new documents released Thursday, Reuters reports.

FBI agents investigating whether race was a factor in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin interviewed police and Zimmerman’s boss, friends, neighbors and others.

In an interview with the FBI, Sanford Police Detective Christopher Serino said he did not believe the shooting was motivated by racial prejudice.

It was Travyon’s attire – a hoodie – that appears to have prompted Zimmerman to confront an unarmed Martin.

Zimmerman “took it upon himself to view Martin as acting suspicious,” Serino said, adding that members of local gangs often wear hooded sweatshirts.

Administrative DEA Officer Indicted in Minn. on Child Porn Charges

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 48-year-old administrative officer for the DEA has been indicted in Minneapolis for producing child pornography involving a 15-year-old boy.

Scott James Whitcomb of Zimmerman, Minn., was indicted Thursday in federal court and charged with coercing a 15-year-old boy into engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing pornography, authorities said. He remains in custody.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Whitcomb’s alleged criminal behavior  was discovered last Aug. 4 while a Minneapolis police officer was conducting an online undercover operation into people sharing child pornography through peer-to-peer networks.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at Whitcomb’s residence, where they seized two computers containing images of the 15-year-old boy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

He was arrested on Dec. 20, and before he could post bail, federal authorities took him into custody, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

DEA spokesman Will Taylor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Whitcomb did not carry a gun and did mostly administrative work. He said Whitcomb worked for DEA for at least 10 years and resigned Dec. 31 after his arrest.

Taylor said the DEA was in the process of taking administrative action when he resigned, according to the Star Tribune.

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