Saturday, April 21, 2012

New photo, video allegedly shows George Zimmerman with bloody head

On April 20, 2012, ABC News obtained an exclusive photo that allegedly shows George Zimmerman with an injured, bloody head. George Zimmerman is currently facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Martin was unarmed at the time of the attack which the Florida prosecution describes as a case of profiling. The photo has brought attention to George Zimmerman’s claim that he shot the teenager in self-defense. Zimmerman is expected to enter a plea of not guilty and may base his legal strategy on Florida’s “stand-your-ground law.” ABC released the photo exclusively on their program. The network was also first to obtain leaked surveillance video capturing the moments after George Zimmerman was taken in handcuffs for questioning. The photo was allegedly taken approximately 3 minutes after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

The ABC video shows the back of George Zimmerman’s closely shaved head with what appears to be two small cuts and blood trickling down. One cut appears to be a horizontal gash, the other a small, round hole or abrasion. In the previously released surveillance video, and officer was seen visually examining the back of Zimmerman’s head. Police reports from the scene state that paramedics observed Zimmerman and treated him for injuries before he was transferred to the Sanford Police station for questioning.

Also on April 20, 2012, was George Zimmerman’s bond hearing. During that time, Zimmerman took the stand and offered an apology to Trayvon Martin’s parents. He stated, “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know if he was armed or not.”

Benjamin Crump, who represents Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, stated they were outraged by Zimmerman’s apology.

The identity of the photographer has not been revealed, but ABC News obtained GPS footage from the photographer’s camera phone that stated the photo was captured on February 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm. Trayvon Martin’s parents released a statement following the release of the photo. It states, Prosecutors have seen all the evidence, and still they believe Zimmerman murdered Trayvon.”

Click the video player below to see the photo of George Zimmerman’s injured and bloodied head.

1 comment:

  1. Why did this not show up on the back of his head when he got out of the police car at the station? Also the blood pattern shows the cuts to be clean, fresh and running DOWN which means he would have had to be standing UP not laying in the grass having his head pounded on the concrete! The blood in this photo is not smeared, covered with grass or gravel, and other debris! There is also another photo of the back of his head with bruises showing smeared blood, scratches, and debris! What gives? I am NOT prejudging, just ASKING!

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