Sanford, Fla. – On Wednesday, police surveillance video of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, was released. The young man’s father, Tracy Martin, says the footage disproves Zimmerman’s claim he acted in self-defense.
“It just shows that everything that Zimmerman is saying that the police have been reporting, is false,” Martin said after viewing the video, according to the Detroit Free Press.
To see the newly released police surveillance footage of George Zimmerman, in which no blood or abrasions are visible, click here.
“From what I saw, Zimmerman had no blood on his face, had no grass on the back of his clothes, no cuts on the back of his head,” Martin added.
To read the initial police report regarding the shooting of Trayvon Martin, click here.
Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Trayvon’s family, said the surveillance footage proves Zimmerman lied about his encounter with the teen and that local officials did an inadequate job of investigating the shooting. He believes the protests and outrage regarding the killing will not stop until Zimmerman is behind bars.
To see photos of Trayvon Martin, click here.
In the police video, Zimmerman is seen exiting a cruiser after it arrives at the station on Feb. 26, 2012, shortly after Trayvon was killed. He appears to be wearing a black and red fleece jacket and his head and face are clean shaven.
To see photos from the Mar. 24, 2012, NYC Occupy Wall Street protest, in which some participants chanted ‘Justice for Trayvon,’ click here.
Although the initial police report indicates when police arrived at the scene of the shooting, Zimmerman’s head and nose were bleeding, however, in the video, neither blood nor abrasions are visible.
To see photos of members of the New Black Panther Party rally in Sanford next to a memorial for Trayvon, click here.
According to reports, Trayvon – who was staying at his father’s girlfriend’s house in the area – had gone to a local convenience store to buy candy for his younger brother and was walking back to the home when Zimmerman, 28, spotted him.
Eight 911 calls regarding the shooting were released Mar. 16, the first made by Zimmerman, who said the 17-year-old looked suspicious as he walked through the gated community. He told the dispatcher that Trayvon was running and was clearly instructed not to follow the young man.
He did so anyway and fatally wounded Trayvon in the chest with one shot.
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