D.A. Will Not Charge 49ers’ Linebacker Ahmad Brooks In Alleged Assault Case

D.A. Will Not Charge 49ers' Linebacker Ahmad Brooks In Alleged Assault CaseSan Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks allegedly had a warrant out for his arrest on assault charges following an incident with teammate Lamar Divens, but Brooks reportedly is off the hook.  

‘Too intoxicated’

Tracey Kaplan of the San Jose Mercury News outlines the specifics of the situation that led to the confrontation:

According to the application for Brooks’ arrest, the incident unfolded after Brooks, Divens and other 49er players spent the evening of June 7 at different players’ houses. Eventually they decided to go to downtown San Jose and keep drinking.

The unidentified witness said Brooks was too intoxicated to drive home, so Divens drove. When they got to Brooks’ house about 2 a.m. on June 8, Brooks asked for his keys. Divens pretended to chuck them onto the grass and then started to hand them to him.

Brooks then allegedly clocked Divens in the head with a beer bottle. Brooks allegedly began cursing and then struck him in the head again. Brooks allegedly asked Divens, “Do I need to get my (expletive deleted) gun?” and struck him again. Prosecutors also allege in the warrant that Brooks punched Divens.

‘Drop it’

The attack required Divens to get three stitches, and he initially wanted to press charges. However, the warrant application states that he has since changed his mind. When a San Jose police sergeant called Divens three days after the incident occurred, he said he wanted to drop it.

The 49ers are rather deep at linebacker with the likes of 2012 All-Pros Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith. However, Brooks is still a key part to the team and broke up a critical pass that helped San Francisco to the Super Bowl in a 28-24 road victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.

What do you make of this alleged assault case involving Ahmad Brooks? Was it worth dropping or pursuing?

Source: Matt Fitzgerald | Bleacher Report

Image: San Francisco Chronicle

Former Sanford Police Chief Says Zimmerman Case Was Hijacked From Them

Former Sanford Police Chief Says Zimmerman Case Was Hijacked From ThemThe George Zimmerman investigation was hijacked “in a number of ways” by outside forces, said the former police chief of Sanford, Florida.

‘Placate the public’

Bill Lee, who testified Monday in Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, told CNN’s George Howell in an exclusive interview that he felt pressure from city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public rather than as a matter of justice.

When Sanford police arrived on the scene on February 26, 2012, after Zimmerman fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, they conducted a “sound” investigation, and the evidence provided no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman at the scene, he said. It had nothing to do with Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, he said; from an investigative standpoint, it was purely a matter of self-defense.

‘Outside influence’

“The police department needed to do a job, and there was some influence — outside influence and inside influence — that forced a change in the course of the normal criminal justice process,” Lee said. “With all the influence and the protests and petitions for an arrest, you still have to uphold your oath… That investigation was taken away from us. We weren’t able to complete it,” he said.

Lee was placed on paid leave March 22, 2012, after the Sanford City Commission expressed a lack of confidence in him. The same commission rejected his resignation in a 3-2 vote a month later, with dissenting commissioners questioning the fairness of Lee’s losing his job. Two months later, Lee was sacked.

Lee believes lack of confidence did play a role in his dismissal, he told CNN, but he also believes Bonaparte faced political pressure and terminated him “without cause,” which was permitted under his employment contract.

What do you think went wrong with the investigation? What is your verdict for George Zimmerman?

Source: Eliott C. McLaughlin | CNN

Image: Time