Newly released video picturing George Zimmerman at the Sanford Police Department the night he shot Trayvon Martin to death show the neighborhood watch volunteer without blood on his clothing or bruises on his face or head.
The¬†surveillance video, which was obtained exclusively by ABC News, shows Zimmerman arriving in a police cruiser. As he exits the car, his hands are cuffed behind his back.
Zimmerman’s¬†clean-shaven picture contradicts with the violent beating he told police he endured at the hands of Martin, 17, who Zimmerman said attacked him from behind.
Zimmerman appears well built, several pounds lighter than in ubiquitous mug shot of him taken in 2005 when he was arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer, according to The Huff Post.
It was stated in the initial police report that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in appropriate condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning.
However, no abrasions or blood can be seen in the video and Zimmerman¬†did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.
George¬†Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death the night of Feb. 26. Martin had been walking toward his father’s girlfriend’s house shortly after 7 p.m. and Zimmerman spotted him and called 911 to report a “suspicious” person.
He called 911 and was asked by the dispatcher whether he was following the teen. When Zimmerman replied that he was, the dispatcher said, “We don’t need you to do that.”
Zimmerman told police that he got out of his vehicle to follow Martin, but lost sight of him.
After that when he was walking back to his vehicle, Martin attacked him from behind, punched him in the nose, knocked him down and began smashing the back of his head into the sidewalk, Zimmerman told officers, according to the recently revealed police reports.
However, the funeral director who handled Martin’s funeral said there were no cuts or bruises on the teen’s hands that would suggest a violent struggle or fight.
‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt see any evidence he had been fighting anybody,‚ÄĚ Richard Kurtz of Roy Mizell and Kurtz Funeral Home in Fort Lauderdale said, according to The Huff Post.
Martin’s girlfriend, who was on the phone with him in his final moments, recounted in an exclusive interview to ABC News¬†the final moments of her conversation with Martin before the line went dead.
“When he saw the man behind him again he said this man is going to do something to him. And then he said this man is still behind him and I said run,” the 16-year-old girl, who is only being identified as DeeDee,¬†said.
DeeDee said Martin turned around and asked Zimmerman why he was following him. “The man said what are you doing around here?” DeeDee said she had heard Zimmerman saying.
She said then she heard someone pushed into the grass before the call was dropped. Martin’s death has sparked protests across the country and prompted President Obama to say that if he had a son, he would look like Martin.
This week, school officials in Miami released Martin‚Äôs disciplinary record, showing that he had been on a 10-day suspension when he was killed. According to reports, school officials found an empty baggy that contained marijuana residue.
Tracy Martin, the teen’s father, said after that, ‚ÄúI refuse to let them assassinate my son‚Äôs character.” He said: “The question should not be why was he suspended from school, it should be why did this man kill him in cold blood.”
Police took Zimmerman into custody after they arrived. He was then questioned and released. Zimmerman remains free as the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office reviews the police investigation and decides whether to file charges. The U.S. Justice Department also is investigating.