CCTV Reveals Big Clue in Trayvon Martin Case
It has been all over the news over the past few weeks: the unfortunate and completely unnecessary killing of teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. According to George Zimmerman, the shooter, he acted completely in self-defense after Martin allegedly attacked him. He says the 17 year old attacked him, broke his nose with a punch to the face, and banged his head into the ground. This report, however, is now being contradicted by the CCTV security surveillance cameras at the police station where Zimmerman was brought in. Now, attorney Ben Crump, the man representing Martin’s family in this case, says that this footage is crucial to the case and is the “icing on the cake” for the investigation. The reason for this is because Zimmerman’s face can be clearly seen in the video, and there are no visible signs that he was injured or that he was even in a confrontation.
Crump released a statement today that claims the CCTV security surveillance footage completely refutes George Zimmerman’s claims that he shot Martin only in self-defense. Zimmerman can be clearly seen in the video without any obvious injuries being visible as he was being led into police headquarters in Sanford, Fla., after the shooting. Zimmerman’s father and lawyer have repeatedly claimed that Zimmerman was attacked by Martin. They both claim and stick to the statement that Martin punched Zimmerman in the face as the incident started, allegedly breaking his nose, and then proceeded to slam his head into the ground. So where are the tissues stuffed up Zimmerman’s nose? Where are the bruises? If his head was slammed into the ground, wouldn’t he have been disoriented, and therefore needed some help walking?
“Thank God for surveillance video,” said Crump, “because obviously there was a conspiracy to cover up the truth and sweep Trayvon Martin’s death under the rug, and as (Martin’s mother) Sybrina Fulton said yesterday upon seeing this video, ‘This is the icing on the cake.'”
Crump said the video, along with a 911 call from the night of the attack, discredit both Zimmerman’s account and the initial police report.
“We’ve heard the 911 tapes with our ears, and now we see this video with our eyes,” said Crump, “and the family’s reaction, like all America, we know now from not anything anybody said but from what we see and from what we hear that that police report is a fabrication.”
The emergency call, which captures a person screaming in the background before the gunshot rang out, is itself a matter of dispute. Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman, reportedly said the scream resembled his son’s voice. Fulton said she recognized the scream as Martin’s.
Martin’s parents felt “some sense of relief” by what they saw on the surveillance video, Crump said, adding that they won’t rest peacefully until Zimmerman is arrested.
“Don’t believe me, don’t listen to his mother and father,” said Crump, “just look with your eyes and listen to that 911 tape with your ears, and that tells the story.”