George Zimmerman Medical Reports Don't Make Him Innocent in Trayvon Martin Death

The Trayvon Martin case unveiled another layer on Tuesday when ABC News obtained George Zimmerman’s medical report from the morning following Martin’s death. The report appears to work in favor of Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year old, unarmed Martin, and claimed he acted in self defense when the boy violently attacked him. The new report adds details to the case, but is still inconclusive, as there are still critical parts of the story that are missing. 

The medical report garnered by Zimmerman’s family physician shows diagnosis of a “closed fracture” of the nose, black eyes, two lacerations on the back of the skull and a minor back injury. Zimmerman describes his encounter with Martin as a fight for his life — Martin allegedly punched him in the face and repeatedly bashed his head into the pavement. These accusations suggest a brutal attack that should have resulted in hospitalization, yet the injuries Zimmerman had were not severe enough for immediate medical attention. 

In the surveillance video taken just an hour after Martin’s death, there was no visible evidence of severe abrasions on the back of Zimmerman’s head or blood stains on his clothing, and he appears to walk steadily. 


 

When Robert Zimmerman was asked about the screams for help following the first gunshot in his interview with Fox News, he responded, “All of our family, everyone who knows George, knows absolutely that is George screaming. There's no doubt in anyone's mind.” 

But why would George scream for help after the first gunshot? He was the one who pulled the trigger on Martin. It makes more sense that Trayvon would cry for help after being shot at. There is one last gunshot following the cries for help, after which the cries stop.

Listen to the audio here. 

Lastly, the most critical part of case which is missing is Trayvon Martin’s non-existent testimony.  Martin is dead so there is no one to tell his side of the story. 

The only testimony prosecutors have to work with is from Zimmerman, who claims Martin was the aggressor. The important question that remains is who initiated the encounter? Martin or Zimmerman?  Zimmerman asserts it was Martin, but it was he who made the initial 911 call, imposing that the young boy dressed in a hoodie, carrying nothing but a bag of skittles and bottled iced-tea was a threat. 

Martin was unarmed and out of Zimmerman’s way, so there is no way he could have been a threat to Zimmerman when he made the call. The police told Zimmerman not to follow Martin in the tape but he went against their orders — trusting his suspicions and racially profiling Martin — and followed the boy, who was shot and killed within two minutes.

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Sifat Azad

Sifat is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Kingston University in London as the first-ever recipient of the Hilary Mantel Creative Writing Scholarship Award. She is a CUNY Baccalaureate graduate with dual concentrations in Literature and Creative Writing. Her piece, "Covered," was featured in John Jay's Finest and her short story, "Brownstone," was published in J Journal: New Writing on Justice.

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