A newly publicized CCTV video from within a police station has captured the nation’s attention more for what it doesn’t show. In what could prove incredibly vital evidence in the ongoing case against George Zimmerman, there are no significant traces of scrapes, bruises, cuts, bandages or blood to be seen – not befitting a person claiming to have just been in a fight for his life with Trayvon Martin.
As the self-defense or racial-attack debate rages on coast to coast, the family of Trayvon Martin have come across the footage and argued that the images prove in no uncertain terms that Zimmerman Murdered the unarmed teenager in cold blood. Zimmerman on the other hand continues to claim that he was violently attacked by Martin and acted in pure self-defense.
While legal experts have been insistent on pointing out that the grainy quality of the video renders it less than conclusive at least at such an early stage, they have also stated the evidence appears to be stacking up against Zimmerman.
“It could be very significant,” according to a Miami lawyer speaking after the release of the footage. “If I were the prosecutor, it would certainly be Exhibit A that he did not suffer any major injury as a result of a confrontation with Trayvon Martin.”
According to Zimmerman’s defense lawyer on the other hand, the footage does little other than support the story of his client and help clarify his innocence.
“It’s a very grainy video. … However, if you watch, you’ll see one of the officers, as he’s walking in, looking at something on the back of his head,” said Craig Sonner during an appearance on NBC. “Clearly the report shows he was cleaned up before he was taken in the squad car.”
Neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmermann told the authorities that he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense, after the teenager punched him to the ground and began repeatedly smashing his head against the concrete.
The newly release video takes place just half an hour after the fatal shooting, showing Zimmerman’s head and face as he is taken out of the police car and walked into the station. An initial inspection of the video would seem to suggest that Zimmerman has no significant or noticeable wounds on his head, no blood is visible on his skin or clothing and he is able to walk confidently and painlessly without assistance.
As Zimmerman’s defense team is relying primarily and perhaps entirely on the argument that there was a physical struggle between the two, verifying or disproving this could mark the turning point in the case.
However, several other parties have urged the American public not to jump to conclusions, as the video footage cannot be relied upon to pain a conclusive picture. Zimmerman may have been treated by paramedics at the scene who would have cleaned up any of his wounds, while there are parts of his head the video footage never shows and therefore could harbor injuries.
The autopsy report of Trayvon Martin is pending at present, which could prove critical to the defense or prosecution once the angle and trajectory of the fatal bullet wound is confirmed.