So earlier we told you that the chief homicide investigator probing Trayvon Martin’s shooting wanted to charge George Zimmerman with manslaughter, but was overruled.
Investigator Chris Serino filed an affidavit on the night of the shooting saying he was not convinced by Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense, but the state attorney’s office decided there was not enough evidence to make an arrest, sources say.
Now ABC News has found police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead. In the video below, it shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who says he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had his head slammed into the ground.
The family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin said Wednesday that newly released police video showing the uncharged shooter George Zimmerman arriving at the station for questioning discredits claims he acted in self-defense.
The surveillance video, which was obtained exclusively by ABC News, shows Zimmerman arriving in a police cruiser. As he exits the car, his hands are cuffed behind his back. Zimmerman is frisked and then led down a series of hallways, still cuffed.
Zimmerman, 28, is wearing a red and black fleece and his face and head are cleanly shaven. He appears well built, hardly the portly young man depicted in a 2005 mug shot that until a two days ago was the single image the media had of Zimmerman.
The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning.
His lawyer later insisted that Zimmerman’s nose had been broken in his scuffle with 17-year-old Martin.
In the video an officer is seen pausing to look at the back of Zimmerman’s head, but no abrasions or blood can be seen in the video and he did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.
“It just shows that everything that Zimmerman has been saying, that the police have been reporting, is false,” father Tracy Martin says as he viewed the video.
“From what I saw, Zimmerman had no blood on his face, had no grass on the back of his clothes, no cuts on the back of his head,” Martin said.
BMS has already given you the SCOOP on Zimmerman’s peeps… George Zimmerman may have received favorable treatment from the police because of his family. According to court records, his father is retired Supreme Court Magistrate Judge Robert Zimmerman and his mother Gladys Zimmerman was a court clerk. Connections in the legal community run deep and go far.
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