Police Video: Zimmerman In Cuffs, No Apparent Injuries

SANFORD (CBSMiami/AP) — Newly-released video obtained by ABC News of the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin shows George Zimmerman with no apparent injuries, right after he claims Martin attacked him.

That is raising new questions about Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.

The surveillance video shows the admitted shooter being led in handcuffs from a police car into the Sanford police station the night of the shooting. Zimmerman told police he shot Trayvon Martin in self defense after the 17-year-old allegedly slammed his head into the ground and broke his nose. Police never arrested the neighborhood watch captain.

An attorney for the teen’s family said it is obvious to him that Zimmerman did not have injuries to his face and head as his supporters have asserted.

“When you look at that video with your eyes and listen to the 911 tapes we had to sue for, everybody in America now sees that the police report was a fabrication,” said attorney Ben Crump. “George Zimmerman doesn’t exhibit a broken nose. He doesn’t exhibit blood on the back of his head. He doesn’t exhibit his clothes messed up. So America can judge for themselves.”

Sanford police Sgt. David Morgenstern on Wednesday confirmed that the video is of Zimmerman. The 28-year-old’s head and face are visible throughout and he is dressed in a red and black fleece jacket. Police are shown frisking Zimmerman whose hands were handcuffed behind his back. They then lead him into a building.

“You don’t have to take my word for it. You don’t have to take Trayvon’s mother nor his father’s word for it. You just look at it with your eyes and listen with your ears and that’s all the evidence you need in this case. And it’s one of those things. think about those incoming phone records from Trayvon. He was on the phone with his girlfriend walking home with Skittles and an iced tea, just trying to get home and you heard the 911 tape and it’s clear when you add up all this evidence George Zimmerman needs to be arrested today,” said Crump.

Zimmerman said that on February 26 he was pursuing the 17-year-old Martin, who was not armed, because the teen was acting suspiciously. He said he lost sight of the teenager and Martin attacked him as he headed back to his sport utility vehicle.

The neighborhood watch volunteer told police he fired in self-defense and he was not arrested, touching off widespread public outrage and protests across the country. Zimmerman’s attorney, Craig Sonner, has said in more than one interview that his client’s nose was broken during the fight with Martin.

The Orlando Sentinel, citing anonymous sources, has reported that Martin grabbed Zimmerman’s head and banged it several times against the sidewalk. A statement from Sanford police said the newspaper’s story was “consistent” with evidence turned over to prosecutors.

Crump called the video “riveting” and “icing on the cake” that Zimmerman should be held accountable for what happened.

Since the shooting, Zimmerman’s supporters say he’s gone into hiding and that he and his family have gotten death threats.

Thursday night, Zimmerman’s brother Robert defended his sibling  on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight”, saying the scrutiny has taken a toll on his health.

“He has very severe emotional injuries. He’s been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” said Zimmerman.

He also said he believes Zimmerman was injured the night of the shooting.

“We’re confident the medical records are going to explain all of George’s medical history, both how he was treated at the scene and how he was not,” said Zimmerman. “To me it looks like his nose is swollen. I’m his brother. That particular piece of information about the video or about how he thinks his appearance may or may not be. What I think I see is a swollen nose. I’m not a physican you’re not a physician. A lot of these injuries take time—24 hours, 36 hours—to show the bruising.”

In an interview with Orlando station WOFL FOX 35 that aired Wednesday night, Zimmerman’s father, also named Robert Zimmerman, said that despite dispatchers telling his son to stop following Martin, he kept going so he could get an address for police to check. He said his son was suspicious because of several break-ins and thought it was strange for someone to be walking between the town homes on a rainy night.

Sonner said the gash on the back of Zimmerman’s head probably was serious enough for stitches, but he waited too long for treatment so the wound was already healing. Miguel Meza, who identified himself as Zimmerman’s cousin, said Zimmerman was in “the fight of his life.”

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  • metalgrannie

    Wouldn’t someone with a broken nose have to go to the emergency room? Seems to me people don’t walk around with a broken nose and not get it taken care of – it has to be “set”, right?

    • ted

      wrong any EMT or doctor can pop a nose back into place you would not have to go to the emergency room for it it’s not something they can put a cast on so other than putting it back in place so it’s straight there is not much else you can do with the nose.

      • ted

        Ah another Internet MD your clueless fool I’ve had my nose broke 5 times twice it set back in place by the EMTs at the scene the other times I went to the local urgent care center, never stepped foot in the emergency room for any treatment. so unless you were there as witness you just need to close that pie hole up oh by the way they won’t take you to the hospital if don’t want to go a broken nose is really no big deal.

      • pn

        Have you ever had a broken nose, I have several times and it required surgery. If this was such a violent fight he would have blood on his face, swelling of the nose and blackened eyes. He is lying to save his butt.

      • Janie

        No you are wrong! All witnesses said that Zimmerman had on exactly the same clothes shown in the video. With a broken nose blood would have been on those very clothes and it does not wipe off or wash out. Also, if his head were beaten into the cement like he claimed, he would have had a neck brace placed on immediately ! Head injuries send you to the emergency room! COMMON SENSE . You don’t just pop a broken nose back into place with ease. Who was around to pop it back in? The medics are not in the business of popping noses they take you to the emergency room

      • ted

        yes I have had a broken nose 5 times to be exact yes there is swelling no i did not require any surgery to fix the nose. please tell us what proof do you have that he lying

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    • Janie

      @CLO56, yes they looked and discovered his head was are perfect as the clean shaven cops head next to him! Cops by protocal never touch bloody or treated heads without gloves. DUH! You are really stretching arent you?>

  • RH

    You can not see anything clearly in this.

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