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Video shows handcuffed Florida shooter Zimmerman

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:24 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2012

SANFORD, Fla. » Trayvon Martin's family has seized on a police video of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, saying it does not show the injuries Zimmerman claims he suffered before fatally shooting the unarmed black teenager.

The 90-second video shows police searching a handcuffed Zimmerman before he is led into the Sanford police department. Zimmerman told police he shot Martin in self-defense. He said Martin attacked him as he was walking back to his vehicle after pursuing the teen.

Zimmerman's attorney, Craig Sonner, has said his client's nose was broken during the fight. Martin's family has questioned Zimmerman's story, and their attorney said the video proved Zimmerman should be held accountable.

"This certainly doesn't look like a man who police said had his nose broken and his head repeatedly smashed into the sidewalk," attorney Ben Crump said in a statement. "George Zimmerman has no apparent injuries in this video, which dramatically contradicts his version of the events of Feb. 26."

Zimmerman said he was pursuing the 17-year-old Martin because the teen was acting suspiciously and looked like he was on drugs. He said he lost sight of the teenager and Martin attacked him as he headed back to his sport utility vehicle.

Martin's supporters have said the shooting was racially motivated and they have called for Zimmerman to face charges. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic.

In an interview with Orlando station WOFL FOX 35 that aired Wednesday night, Zimmerman's father, Robert Zimmerman, said that despite dispatchers telling his son to stop following Martin, he kept going so he could get an address for police to check. He said his son was suspicious because of several break-ins in the area and thought it was strange for someone to be walking between the town homes on a rainy night.

The Orlando Sentinel, citing anonymous sources, has reported that Zimmerman told police Martin grabbed his 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 has 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.

Since the shooting, Zimmerman has gone into hiding. He and his family have gotten death threats.

Martin's supporters, including a host of outspoken celebrities and civil rights leaders who have appeared on television for the past two weeks, don't believe Zimmerman's story. They want him prosecuted.

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peanutgallery wrote:
Once again the rush to judgement by our illustrious President my force another cervessa summit. Seems the media just can't quite get their minds around the fact that Zimmerman is Hispanic not white, just like Obama is black, not white.
on March 28,2012 | 06:28PM
Anonymous wrote:
What was our President's "rush to judgment"? He said it should be investigated, as it should be.
on March 28,2012 | 09:43PM
HD36 wrote:
Although he didn't come right out and say that it was a hate crime of white on black murder and it was outrageous that they didn't arrest this white guy for killing an innocent black kid, who could have been his son, that's the implication you get from his initial speech. Typical of politicians you can interpret what he says in different ways. If you're black, and you hear "tragedy" you would most likely think back to Rodney King, getting beat by white cops while in handcuffs. In any event, a great way to get the black vote ahead of elections.
on March 28,2012 | 11:23PM
peanutgallery wrote:
First of all why is Zimmerman a white guy and not a Hispanic? He's half/half, just like the President, only the president calls himself a black guy. Go figure. Oh wait a minute: this only works for you racists out there if it's a white on black thing. OK, now I get it.
on March 29,2012 | 04:05AM
honopic wrote:
Why use this tragedy to take potshots at the President of the United States? Are you that blinded by your own prejudice? Why don't you "get your mind around the fact" that Zimmerman is half-Hispanic, half-white, just as Barack Obama is half-black and half-white? Also, if you're trying to use a Spanish word in your rant, please learn to spell it correctly - CERVEZA.
on March 29,2012 | 08:42AM
lee1957 wrote:
So, if Zimmerman is a white hispanic, Obama is a white black? In slang, is that an oreo or an uncle tom?
on March 29,2012 | 08:12PM
st1d wrote:
1: the new black panther $10K reward for a citizen's arrest of geo. zimmerman . . . . 2: spike lee's tweet of the home address of an innocent family with the same last name as zimmerman . . . .3: trayvon martin mourners ransacking a walmart in his memory . . . .this is the best of obama's kumbaya party. . . . . . and it will get worse with obama's habit of criticizing at length incidents of which he knows nothing about.
on March 28,2012 | 07:36PM
copperwire9 wrote:
:OBAMA's habit of criticizing at length incidents of which he knows nothing about??? Seriously? And you know so much? Wow, impressive, you.
on March 28,2012 | 11:37PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
One time I broke my nose and bled like a broken fire hydrant....blood everywhere. This guy doesn't even have a scratch on him and no blood on his clothes. If he was smacked down on the ground by Yrayvon, there would be blood somewhere on this guy. The video looked like he just got out of the shower.
on March 28,2012 | 11:35PM
hawaiikone wrote:
You solved the case! Congratulations.
on March 29,2012 | 05:59AM
manakuke wrote:
Interesting as further developments are revealed each day.
on March 29,2012 | 04:26AM
bender wrote:
It's my experience that when you are on neighborhood watch, that you don't "pursue" anyone. You merely observe and call the police. And you don't go armed. In fact most jurisdictions have specific rules about negihborhood watches being armed. This guy shows signs of being a wannabe cop.
on March 29,2012 | 06:10AM
Grimbold wrote:
The video is blurry and from the angle an ijury could not be seen clearly. At least he was arrested.He can still be charged , so far Justice will prevail if he Zimmerman commited a crime. Attention has been achieved by the protests, time to calm down now. He is in hiding because he is justifyingly afraid of being attacked by Blacks now.
on March 29,2012 | 01:20PM
control wrote:
No wonder the guy is in hiding. Doesn't want anyone to see his 'injuries'.
on March 29,2012 | 02:38PM
bobjones wrote:
The only observation I have is why a neighborhood watch organization would permit an armed watchman. The standard neighborhood deployment requires that a watcher simply call the police if a suspicious activity is observed.
on March 29,2012 | 07:02PM
lee1957 wrote:
Evidently its a tough neighborhood.
on March 29,2012 | 08:14PM
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