Tonight, CNN’s Anderson Cooper aired a clip of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, being escorted into the Sandford police station in handcuffs. The video was originally obtained by ABC News, and raises some questions about the account Zimmerman gave of the night he shot Martin.
Zimmerman’s attorney had stated that he believed Trayvon Martin broke Zimmerman’s nose. Yet, as Cooper notes in the video, there is no sign in the video of any physical injury to the portion of Zimmerman’s face that is shown, which includes his nose.
However, as Cooper also notes, the officer continues to glance at the back of Zimmerman’s head. The head wound Zimmerman was supposed to have suffered beyond his alleged broken nose would have been on the back of his head, even though the camera quality is too poor to make out exactly what the back of Zimmerman’s head looks like. The officers also rub something off Zimmerman’s jacket, which Cooper speculates might be blood, but is impossible to make out, again due to camera quality.
Nevertheless, the account that Zimmerman’s lawyer has since given of his actions does appear to be embellished, based on this tape. Zimmerman also appears more physically fit than previously disseminated photos of him suggest. Watch the clip from Cooper’s show below, and see what you make of the depiction of Zimmerman:
George Zimmerman’s father has now stepped forward to speak with Orlando television station WOFL-TV:
LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – For the first time since that fateful night on February 26, the father of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager sat down for a television interview.
Robert Zimmerman, father of George Zimmerman, said he decided it was time to speak out for his son, against the advice of others. He shared with us what George said happened on the night that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin died.
“It’s my understanding that Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him,” the 64-year-old Robert Zimmerman said.
And some bloggers are noting possible signs of injury to Zimmerman in the video. The DC points to a possible mark
on the back of Zimmerman’s head:
Fox News host Sean Hannity also stressed that Zimmerman had already been treated by paramedics prior to his arrival at the police station: