Thursday, May 17, 2012

Trayvon Martin Update - New Evidence Released

As reported by NPR,
George Zimmerman had a broken nose, black eyes, cuts on the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, according to medical records compiled by his doctor, ABC News reports. 
Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., says he acted in self defense on Feb. 26 when he shot Martin, a 17-year-old African-American. Martin's family and supporters have argued that Zimmerman racially profiled the boy and followed him through the Sanford neighborhood before their tragic encounter. The case has rekindled a national discussion about race relations and racial profiling.
For more information, visit ABC News.

Frankly, I find this medical report to be suspect for a few reasons. First of all, the medical report is not consistent with the police video images of Zimmerman. The police video was taken the night of the killing. In the video, I did not notice any visible signs of a broken nose or black eyes. In addition, according to ABC News, his family doctor prepared the report so that George Zimmerman could obtain legal clearance to return to work. However,the doctor probably prepared the report to keep Zimmerman out of jail. I want to see the hospital medical report.

Today, according to ABC News Trayvon Martin's autopsy was released. His autopsy allegedly reveals that Trayvon had traces of marijuana in his blood and urine. The report also indicates that Zimmerman shot Trayvon at very close range, between 1 inch and 18 inches away. The autopsy shows that Trayvon had a small abrasion on his finger. Although this reported evidence obviously supports the claim that there was a struggle, it does not necessary absolve Zimmerman.  Unfortunately, this is probably going to be a very difficult case to try.  We must continue to monitor this important case.

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