Another Leak From The Sanford Police Department, And Yet More Questions
ABC News is out tonight with what they call “Exclusive” video of George Zimmerman arriving at the Sanford, Florida Police Department after the incident that resulted in the death of Trayvon Martin:
A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who says he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had his head slammed into the ground.
The surveillance video, which was obtained exclusively by ABC News, shows Zimmerman arriving in a police cruiser. As he exits the car, his hands are cuffed behind his back. Zimmerman is frisked and then led down a series of hallways, still cuffed.
Zimmerman, 28, is wearing a red and black fleece and his face and head are cleanly shaven. He appears well built, hardly the portly young man depicted in a 2005 mug shot that until a two days ago was the single image the media had of Zimmerman.
The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning.
His lawyer later insisted that Zimmerman’s nose had been broken in his scuffle with 17-year-old Martin.
In the video an officer is seen pausing to look at the back of Zimmerman’s head, but no abrasions or blood can be seen in the video and he did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.
Here’s the video:
You can judge for yourself, but a few thoughts occur to me:
- Since Zimmerman received medical attention at the scene one can assume that his appearance in the video does not necessarily represent how he looked immediately after the confrontation with Trayvon Martin
- The camera is too far away to judge whether or not Zimmerman’s nose was or was not broken. That information would presumably be in the files of the EMS personnel who responded to the scence of the incident
- There is something going on in Sanford, Florida that is causing people to leak information to the press.
Beyond that, it’s all speculation