The Daily Caller has investigated the ABC News claim that police closed circuit television of George Zimmerman being brought to the Sanford, FL police station shows no sign of injury, in what appears to be an intentional effort by the network to cast doubt on Zimmerman’s accounting of events. Zimmerman claims he was forced to shoot high school football player Trayvon Martin after Martin knocked him down and began slamming his head into the ground.
ABC News blatantly lied about what the video showed.
“A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman,” ABC News reporter Matt Gutman wrote, noting that Zimmerman told police “he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had his head slammed into the ground.”
ABC News reported that Zimmerman appears uninjured in the video. But a still image from the video indicates what appears to be a vertical laceration or scar several inches long.
In fact, not one but both camera views showed that Zimmerman has a laceration several inches long on the back of his head. Any blood had been cleaned up by the Fire Dept assets that had treated Zimmerman at the scene. Bruising would not have shown on the low-resolution video.
More disgusting is the obvious fact that ABC News used a strategically placed chyron (graphic) to cover up the back of Zimmerman’s head for their broadcast, covering up the video evidence that would have disproven their story. View the video at the Daily Caller,
Mike McDaniel added:
(1) The quality of video cameras used for such applications is–as the video I’ve seen of this situation reveals–of mediocre quality. Bruising, cuts, and similar things tend not to show up well at all, and those that do tend to be only the largest and most obvious injuries. Resolution and shading is generally very poor, at least in part because such things are commonly shot under florescent lighting, which throws a green cast on everything and also tends to wash out degrees of shading and to muddy resolution.
(2) Considering this footage was shot shortly after Zimmerman was injured, one would not expect significant bruising to be present. That commonly appears only later, and on darker skinned people, is much less obvious than it would be on someone of say, Scandinavian descent.
(3) If Zimmerman truly did not show any injuries consistent with his version of events, it is highly likely he would have been quickly arrested. This would surely be so unless the local police were completely incompetent, or have some reason to protect Zimmerman, and there has been–to date and to my knowledge–not the slightest suggestion of such things.