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“I would just like to state that the law is written in black and white,” Mr. Zimmerman said during a 90-second statement to city commissioners at a community forum. “It should not and cannot be enforced in the gray for those who are in the thin blue line.”

The forum took place on Jan. 8, 2011, days after a video of the beating went viral on the Internet and then-Sanford Police Chief Brian Tooley was forced to retire. Then-Chief Tooley’s department faced criticism for dragging its feet in arresting Justin Collison, the son of a police lieutenant.

“I’d like to know what action the commission is taking in order to repeal Mr. Tooley’s pension,” Mr. Zimmerman said to the commission. “I’m not asking you to repeal his pension; I believe he’s already forfeited his pension by his illegal cover-up in corruption in what happened in his department.”

Mr. Zimmerman’s public comments could be important because prosecutors and the Martin family and supporters have accused the neighborhood-watch volunteer of “profiling” Martin and singling him out to kill because he was black.


Mother of laundromat boy identifies adults in video

CAMDEN — The mother of a toddler who briefly got stuck inside an active washing machine at a laundromat says she and his father aren’t the people seen in a surveillance video that’s received millions of hits online.

Sakia David said Wednesday she didn’t even know about the May 11 incident until she saw the video on the news. She said her year-old son was treated at a hospital for scrapes and bruises and wasn’t seriously injured.

Ms. David said the woman in the video is the girlfriend of the boy’s father and was baby-sitting him. Ms. David said she doesn’t know who the man in the video is.

Authorities say the man put the boy in the washing machine as a prank, unaware it would automatically start. They have said they don’t expect to file criminal charges, but the matter remains under investigation.


Health officials testing 35 babies for TB exposure

SACRAMENTO — Health officials are testing 35 babies for tuberculosis after a person with an active case of the life-threatening disease visited neonatal-intensive care units at two Northern California hospitals.

Few details have been released about the contagious individual, who has since been placed in isolation and is receiving treatment.

Officials said the Solano County resident visited Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento during the latter half of March and NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield in early and mid-April.

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