ABC News Enhances Video of Zimmerman at Police Station
Last week ABC News released video footage of Zimmerman entering the Sanford police station in handcuffs. In the video, Zimmerman does not appear to have any significant injuries. Today, ABC released an enhanced version of the video that seems to show a possible injury on the back of his head.
Still, the injury does not seem severe, and EMS workers did not dispatch an ambulance for Zimmerman after the shooting. Furthermore, the injury could have occurred as Martin lawfully defended himself from Zimmerman's aggressive stalking and pursuit.
Doctor Says Zimmerman Does Not Seem to Have Broken Nose or Head Injuries in Video
ABC has played the enhanced video for Dr. Vidor Friedman, the President of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians. Although ABC says that the new video seems to show that Zimmerman sustained a head injury, Friedman doubts the conclusion. According to Friedman, "If somebody had been beating his head against concrete I'd think we'd see more obvious scrapes. . . ." In addition, Friedman said that he would expect to see bandages on Zimmerman's head.
Friedman also contested Zimmerman's claim that he sustained a broken nose during a scuffle with Martin. According to Friedman, "All of the ridges in his nose are clearly defined. You would expect significant swelling in the hour or two after a break. There appears to be none. It doesn't look like his nose was broken or badly broken. . . ."
FBI Investigating Facts Surrounding Martin's Death
The FBI has launched a "parallel" investigation into the facts surrounding Martin's death. The FBI has begun interviewing witnesses and analyzing 911 calls in order to determine whether Zimmerman violated any of Martin's civil rights.
LGBT Rights Groups Issue Joint Statement Regarding Martin's Death
Today, a coalition of 28 LGBT rights organizations released a joint statement regarding Martin's death. Here is an excerpt from the statement:
Trayvon’s killing is tragic and the stark reality that racial bias played a role in his death has alarmed our nation. Questions must be asked. Answers must be sought. And justice must be served. We join our voices to the chorus of so many others to demand that local and federal authorities find those answers. We stand in solidarity with Trayvon’s family and friends as they seek justice for his killing. In the timeless words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.Two Voice Experts Say That Martin -- Not Zimmerman -- Is Screaming on 911 Tapes
The Orlando Sentinel has interviewed two forensic voice experts. Both experts have listened to 911 recordings that capture gunshots and screams the night of Martin's death. The experts conclude that Martin is screaming in the background of the 911 calls.
The experts' findings contradict Zimmerman's statement through his attorney that he was calling for help rather than Martin. If the experts' conclusions are correct, then their finding would severely undermine Zimmerman's self-defense argument.
If Zimmerman was the initial aggressor -- and evidence strongly suggests that he was -- then he had a duty to retreat under Florida law. Martin's screams for assistance suggest that he (not Zimmerman) feared for his life. Rather than retreating from the scene, Zimmerman stayed and killed Martin, who was pleading for his life. If this sequence of events took place, then prosecutors should charge Zimmerman with murder
For more analysis, see:
Trayvon Martin: A Fatal Flaw in Zimmerman's Self-Defense Argument
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Trayvon Martin: 911 Call Contradicts Police Account (Audio)
SHOCKING NEW WITNESS TESTIMONY IN TRAYVON MARTIN CASE!
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