SANFORD, Fla. - A security video shot after the slaying of Trayvon Martin shows admitted shooter George Zimmerman being led in handcuffs from a police car, and an attorney for the teen’s family said he could see that Zimmerman did not have injuries to his face and head as his supporters have asserted.
Sanford police Sergeant David Morgenstern confirmed on Wednesday that the video being shown by ABC News is of Zimmerman. The 28-year-old’s head and face are visible throughout, and he is dressed in a red and black fleece jacket. Police are shown frisking Zimmerman, whose hands were handcuffed behind his back. They then lead him into a building.
Zimmerman said that on Feb. 26 he was pursuing the 17-year-old Martin, who was not armed, because the teen was acting suspiciously. He said that he lost sight of the black teenager and that Martin attacked him as he headed back to his sport utility vehicle.
Martin’s supporters believe race played a role in the shooting. Zimmerman’s father is white and his mother is Hispanic.
The neighborhood watch volunteer told police he fired in self-defense, and he was not arrested, touching off widespread public outrage and protests across the country. Zimmerman’s attorney, Craig Sonner, has said in more than one interview that his client’s nose was broken during the fight with Martin.
The Orlando Sentinel, citing anonymous sources, has reported that Martin grabbed Zimmerman’s head and banged it several times against the sidewalk. A statement from Sanford police said the newspaper’s story was “consistent’’ with evidence turned over to prosecutors.
Sonner said the gash on the back of Zimmerman’s head probably was serious enough for stitches, but he waited too long for treatment so the wound was already healing. Miguel Meza, who identified himself as Zimmerman’s cousin, said Zimmerman was in “the fight of his life.’’
“This certainly doesn’t look like a man who police said had his nose broken and his head repeatedly smashed into the sidewalk,’’ Ben Crump, an attorney for Martin’s family, said in a statement. “George Zimmerman has no apparent injuries in this video, which dramatically contradicts his version of the events of February 26.’’
Sonner did not immediately return an after-hours call.
Crump called the video “riveting’’ and “icing on the cake’’ that Zimmerman should be held accountable for what happened.
Since the shooting, Zimmerman’s supporters have said that he has gone into hiding and that he and his family have gotten death threats.
Martin’s supporters, including a host of outspoken celebrities and civil rights leaders, do not believe Zimmerman’s story. They want him arrested and prosecuted.