I’m more than willing to give Zimmerman the benefit of the doubt that he acted in self-defense until evidence shows otherwise, but there needs to be documented proof of his injuries if he was in a fight that was so severe he felt like his life was threatened.
Tonight on ABC, we saw the first video released of Zimmerman on the night of Trayvon Martin’s shooting. He is in a police station in handcuffs, being led to a five-hour interrogation by several Sanford officers.
It has been widely reported that there is no sign of blood or bruises, however the video is not the highest quality.
For instance, is this a gash on Zimmerman’s head? Strange lighting? Just a bald spot?
We just can’t tell with the quality of video.
Also, it’s important keep in mind that all of this footage was taken after Zimmerman received treatment from an EMS team at the scene.
I would presume that in a fight as severe as the one described by Zimmerman, the injuries would have to be substantial. One would expect to see Zimmerman with an obviously broken nose, facial abrasions and head bandages, but we aren’t seeing any of that yet.
Much of what I’ve written has centered around the narrative that Zimmerman was in a situation where he was being pinned down and severely beaten by Trayvon Martin. Those were his statements, they have been supported by at least one witness, and especially by his voice screaming for help on 911 recordings.
If Zimmerman was not injured badly enough for it to be obvious on police station tapes, why was he screaming bloody murder on the 911 calls?
Reports from the EMS team who treated him at the crime scene and other medical personnel will be critical in deciding how injurious this attack really was, and whether Zimmerman’s reaction can be considered appropriate.
Let’s hope someone in Sanford was competent enough to have documented Zimmerman’s injuries properly.