George Zimmerman claimed that he suffered injuries during an altercation with Trayvon Martin on the evening of Feb. 26, and while initial leaked surveillance footage from the night of Martin’s death failed to show any clear signs of injury, enhanced footage has finally arrived.
This footage, which is vastly superior to what leaked last week, shows what might be an injury on the back of Zimmerman’s head. Zimmerman insists that he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him, allegedly slamming Zimmerman's head on the ground and breaking his nose.
However, what the improved footage does not appear to show evidence of a broken nose. Dr. Vidor Friedman, president of Florida College of Emergency Physicians, is still skeptical about Zimmerman’s injuries:
"If somebody had been beating his head against concrete I'd think we'd see more obvious scrapes," Friedman said. He also said he would expect to see bandages on Zimmerman's head.
More significantly for Friedman was the condition of Zimmerman's nose.
"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," Friedman said.
The original police report stated that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and his lawyer has said that he suffered a broken nose.
The doubt swirling about Zimmerman’s claims, the strangeness surrounding the State's Attorney's Office decision not to charge Zimmerman immediately despite urging from homicide detective Chris Serino, and the fact that Zimmerman has still not been charged are the main sources of nationwide outrage.
[via ABC News]