This photo appeared in an ABC news exclusive. It seems to show a bloody head that belongs to George Zimmerman.
What else does it show? Look closely... the individual pictured seems to be talking on a cell phone, not in handcuffs as far as one can tell. His right arm is visible but his left is not, nor does it seem to be in proximity to it. This guy is not being treated as a suspect.
When was it taken? timestamp from photo (screenshot) Three minutes after the shooting, before a second officer had arrived. Before anyone checked on Trayvon, to see if he was breathing or not.
According to the police report of one Sanford PD officer Timothy Smith, presumably the only live person there with Zimmerman, he should already be in handcuffs. Here is the language of his report:
"I was advised by dispatch that the report of shots fired was possibly coming from 1231 Twin Trees Cir.. I was then advised, after receiving multiple calls, that there was a subject laying in the grass in between the residences of 1231 Twin Trees La. and 2821 Retreat View Cir. I responded to 2821 Retreat View Cir and exited my marked Sanford police vehicle and began to canvas the area. As I walked in between the buildings I observed a white male, wearing a red jacket and blue jeans. I also observed a black male, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, laying face down in the grass.link to pdf of police report
I asked the subject in the red jacket, later identified as George Zimmerman (who was original caller for the suspicious person complaint), if he had seen the subject. Zimmerman stated that he had shot the subject and he was still armed. Zimmerman complied with all of my verbal commands and was secured in handcuffs. Located on the inside of Zimmerman's waist band, 1 removed a black Kel Tek 9mm PF9 semi auto handgun and holster. While I was in such close contact with Zimmerman, I could observe that his back appeared to be wet and was covered in grass, as if he had been laying on his back on the ground. Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and back of his head.
Shortly after securing Zimmerman, Officer Ricardo Ayala arrived on scene. I advised Officer Ayala that I had not made contact with the black male subject laying on the ground. I observed Officer Ayala make contact with the subject and attempt to get a response, but was met with negative results. Shortly after this, other officers began to arrive on scene along with SFD Rescue 38 who began to give aid to the subject laying on the ground."
Something is not right here.
Either the photo is wrong or else Timothy Smith's report is wrong. Then there is the question of the identity of the photographer - was there a third person at the murder scene that wasn't included in any police report? Or is Timothy Smith the sympathetic photographer? Lots of questions here. Few answers yet.
And now here is the real rub: there is no ongoing outside investigation of Sanford PD, or Norm Wolfinger's office. Special prosecutor Corey needs their cooperation and so in public has nothing but good things to say about them. Holder at the DoJ has announced he is looking into whether or not George Zimmerman violated Trayvon's civil rights. On April 2nd, the family of Trayvon sent a letter to the DoJ asking them to investigate the Sanford PD, and Norm Wolfinger's actions in the wake of the shooting.
They have yet to receive an answer.
8:15 PM PT: Please don't use this diary to talk about the blood, how much, or what your own head or nose did when you fell off your mountain bike. Go start your own diary if that is your interest here.
I'm hoping to begin a discussion on the corruption that is inherent in the case. It's not about the blood. It's about the lies. I am not a doctor. I doubt you are either.