George Zimmerman Shows No Visible Injuries in Video Taken After Killing

George Zimmerman told police he shot Trayvon Martin after a vicious, bloody attack. But a police video of him being taken in for questioning shows no evidence that such a struggle took place

  • Share
  • Read Later

Although George Zimmerman claimed to police that he was pummeled and had his nose broken by Trayvon Martin just before he pulled his gun and shot the teenager to death, a Sanford police department surveillance video shows no apparent signs that he had been in a fight of the kind he described.

An initial police report said that he was bleeding from the nose and the back of his head and that he received first aid from the fire department in Sanford, Fla. He told police Martin knocked him down and began bashing his head against the ground, and a witness account seemed to corroborate Zimmerman’s claim. His lawyer said his nose was broken in the scuffle.

(PHOTOS: Trayvon Martin’s Death Sparks National Outrage, Mourning)

The video, obtained by ABC News, shows the 28-year-old neighborhood-watch volunteer handcuffed and being led by police into the station for questioning. But he shows no apparent signs of injury — no bruises, cuts or bleeding. The police report said that he had been given first aid by the Sanford fire department before being taken to the station. (Zimmerman’s lawyer noted this on the Today show, adding that the video was “very grainy.”) But his appearance in the video does not seem to indicate that he had been in a recent fight and there are no bandages or gauze on him, which would be customary treatment for a broken nose and bruising. He has thus far not been charged in Martin’s death.

Prior to the release of the video, Zimmerman had told police he shot the teen in self-defense because he was being attacked. But police arriving at the scene of the shooting found Martin lying face down on the ground. He died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Funeral director Richard Kurtz, who handled Martin’s body, told CNN that he saw no signs of a fight when preparing him for burial. “I didn’t see any evidence he had been fighting anybody,” Kurtz said.

Although it had been first thought that Sanford police declined to arrest Zimmerman, it was reported that investigators actually wanted to arrest him and did not believe his story, but they were overruled by the local prosecutor, who wanted more evidence in the case.

The investigation has since been placed in the hands of Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. Although a grand jury is scheduled to convene on the case on April 10, Corey has said she may want to move forward without it. “I foresee us being able to make a decision and move on it on our own,” she told the Miami Herald.

MORE: Report Says Police Initially Wanted to Arrest George Zimmerman

3 comments
MichaelStephenson1
MichaelStephenson1

Time's crack journalists (can you still say that?) are at it gain. Showing the only evidence friendly to their flawed premise, quoting the cleary uninformed.

Congratulations: dishonest and incompetent, once again.

b0urb0n0n1ce
b0urb0n0n1ce

So the question is "When did he get the wounds shown in the 'PICTURES'? (not videos) And why did Martin not have blood on his hands from covering Zimmerman's mouth? (as Zimmerman SAID the teen did) If he punched him in the face & had his face bleeding as the photo shows, wouldn't Martin have blood on his hands from covering his mouth to shut him up? (as Zimmerman said he did)

There may have been a scuffle, but none to which Zimmerman feared for his life. He (Zimmerman) used the situation to shoot Martin. Once he lost sight of Martin he should have let him go. He should've waited for the police as 1st suggested, instead of saying for them to call him & he'd tell them where he (himself) was located. He used that agreement to further pursue Martin. Zimmerman had already labeled him as trouble. He knew he could kill him as long as he could say the teen attacked him. He relished the opportunity (like other gun toters who are like him) to use the FL SYG law to kill one of these punks, these azzholz who 'always get away'. Even if Zimmerman was attacked by Martin. The attack was warranted under the circumstances. Zimmerman's job as a Neighborhood Watchperson was to 'AVOID' confrontation, not entice it. He is NOT TO APPROACH individuals he deems suspect. He's suppose to call it in. Neighborhood Watch is eyes & ears, ONLY. Anyone can tell a Neighborhood Watchperson to eff off.