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George Zimmerman Video Shows Little Evidence of a Broken Nose, Doctor Claims

Enhanced video footage of George Zimmerman about 30 minutes after he shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin shows little evidence of a broken nose, the president of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians said today.

But the video does show what could be an injury to the back of Zimmerman's head.

The never-before-seen evidence of an injury to Zimmerman,
in this case a gash or mark to his head, would appear to back his claim
that he was in an altercation with Martin on the night of Feb. 26 in
Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self defense after he
was attacked.

Zimmerman, 28, claims Martin, 17, punched him in the nose, knocked him down and repeatedly slammed his head into the ground.

The police surveillance video, first obtained exclusively by ABC News
last month and clarified by Forensic Protection, Inc., shows Zimmerman
exiting the police cruiser with his hands cuffed behind his back.
Zimmerman is frisked and then led down a series of hallways, still
cuffed. At one point, one of the officers stops to look briefly at the
back of Zimmerman's head.

There was no obvious sign of any injury to Zimmerman's head or face on the video until it was enhanced.
But Dr. Vidor Friedman, president of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians, remains unconvinced.

"If somebody had been beating his head against concrete I'd think we'd
see more obvious scrapes," Friedman said. He also said he would expect
to see bandages on Zimmerman's head.

More significantly for Friedman was the condition of Zimmerman's nose.

"All of the ridges in his nose are clearly defined. You would expect
significant swelling in the hour or two after a break. There appears to
be none. It doesn't look like his nose was broken or badly broken,"
Friedman said.

Police Video Surveillance of George Zimmerman

The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the
back of the head and nose, and his lawyer later claimed that Zimmeran
suffered a broken nose. After receiving medical attention at the scene
of the shooting, it was decided that he was in good enough condition to
travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for
questioning. He did not check into the emergency room following the
police questioning.

The surveillance tape of Zimmerman, later released by the Sanford Police
Department, could be used as evidence if Zimmerman is brought up on
charges, sources tell ABC News.

Zimmerman's lawyer, Craig Sonner, has said his client felt "one of them
was going to die that night," when he pulled the trigger.

The case has gained national prominence with rallies across the country
demanding that Zimmerman be arrested and charged with murder.

Lawyers for Martin's family sent a letter to the Justice Department
today asking that the federal probe into the killing look into the fact
that Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee met with State Attorney Norm
Wolfinger on the night of shooting. Lawyer Benjamin Crump also claims
in the letter that members of Zimmerman's family were also present in
the police station that night.

The lead homicide investigator, Chris Serino, wrote in an affidavit that
he recommended manslaughter charges be brougth against Zimmerman but
was advised by the prosecutor not to file charges because there was not
enough evidence for a conviction, sources have told ABC News.

"We look forward to your thorough and comprehensive review of the
suspicious circumstances surrounding this meeting," Crump wrote.

A Justice Department spokesman said the agency will review the Martin family letter.

State prosecutors are expected to go before a Seminole County grand jury
on April 10 to determine what, if any, files should be charged.

An analysis of a 911 call done over the weekend by the Orlando Sentinel
determined that screams for help overhead on a 911 came from Martin,
although Zimmerman's family insist they recognize his voice in the
Two evidence experts consulted by the Sentinel found the voice heard in a
911 call placed by a woman in a home near where the shooting occurred
was only a 48 percent match to Zimmerman's voice. One of the experts,
Tom Owen, told the Sentinel to reach a positive match he would expect
higher than 90 percent.

"As a result of that, you can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it's not Zimmerman," Owen told the paper.

Owen,the chair emeritus at the American Board of Record Evidence, was
not able to determine if the voice was that of Martin, the Sentinel
reports, because he did not have audio of the teen's voice to compare to
the shouts for help in the 911 call.


Added: Apr-2-2012 Occurred On: Apr-2-2012
By: dirwulf
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  • No doctor who is possessed of any professional ethical standards whatsoever would consult a fuzzy videotape in order to diagnose a patient. He would examine medical records, medical imaging, medical test results, and above all, the patient himself.

    Case closed.

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  • It's just speculation, the police surely took close up photos and they will be revealed in due time. A few days ago everyone said there was no injury to the back of his head when in reality we all see that there is a gash surrounded by a large red ring. Wait and see what the evidence shows not what some doctor with an agenda says. No doctor who is credible would speculate from a grainy video.

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    • @RoccoSantoro But the issue is the police never took pictures of his injuries, they never gave him a drug test, they never collected his clothes, etc. They totally botched the investigation.

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  • there are those that refuse to believe man walked on the moon also

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  • Let just stop this shit. The media has turned this into such a circus I could give a rats ass about any article on this subject.

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  • Damn. So did Zimmerman regrets breaking his own nose? He should have broke it before going to the police station.

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    Let's go to war here in America Fuck it it's been said to much Tired of hearing about this bullshit...

    Yeah it sucks a Teen was killed it fucking happens every God Damn day....This is America...


    If it upset's you that much go after him...EVery one is acting like they really truly care

    Only people who do....Are you ready


    Let's Divide and Fight why not it's been More..

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  • Who the fuck ever said you have to have a fuck'n broken nose after defending yourself to make it legit.Hey,if he faked it ....burn in hell.

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  • And here we have an activist doctor diagnosing a man who is not his patient from a grainy video. If this doctor had actually seen any patients in his life, he would know better than to make a statement like that. I guess he hasn't treated too many broken noses in his life.

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  • I have been an Emergency Department Physician for 12 years, not including the 3 year residency prior.
    With that being said, I can say with certainty that this MD doesn't have a clue as to what the fuck he is talking about.
    To start with, trying to diagnose a person through a lousy copy of a video is just plain stupid and unprofessional.
    Photos taken by the PD while in custody clearly shows swelling to his nasal bridge indicative of a nasal bridge fracture.
    Second, he had 2 scalp laceration t More..

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