A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead 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 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.
You can watch the video here. I do want to say ABC news could have found a better place to drop it’s “ABC New Exclusive” banner as it obscures the video of Zimmerman’s head for much of the video. Either way the video shows no sign of injury on Zimmerman brining the claim that Martin knocked Zimmerman on his back and began pummeling his face in question.
The grand jury hearing is going to be interesting. As of right now we have evidence flying back and forth that supports and opposes Zimmerman’s claim and may even uncover an attempt by the police department to cover up a crime. Either way we won’t know until next month when the grand jury has access to all the available evidence and makes a decision on whether or not Zimmerman will be tried.