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What Zimmerman, Martin medical reports tell us and the media didn't

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The new medical reports on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case tell us a lot. And it is not just for what they find, but also what they don’t find.

First, the reports provide striking evidence that Zimmerman did not start the fight with Martin, and that Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense. Martin’s injuries were two-fold: broken skin on his knuckles and the fatal gunshot wound.

Zimmerman’s injuries involved: a fractured nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury.

It takes considerable force to break the skin on multiple knuckles. The large range of injuries on Zimmerman indicates that the Martin’s attack was prolonged. But here is what is missing: where are the injuries to Zimmerman’s hands? Where are the bruises on Martin’s face or other parts of his body? The evidence paints a picture where Martin was the only person landing blows.

The broken skin on Martin’s knuckles and Zimmerman’s wounds obviously provide some justification for self-defense. But if Zimmerman is to have justifiably used self-defense, he can’t have provoked Martin’s attack.

The affidavit filed by the prosecutor against Zimmerman was extremely weak and had many glaring omissions. It does not answer the most crucial question: Who attacked whom? All it states is: “Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued.” “Confronted” does not mean “provoked” or “assaulted.” It may mean that Zimmerman merely followed Martin and asked him what he was doing in the neighborhood.

Surely Zimmerman had the right to investigate a strange person in his neighborhood. But, in any case, Zimmerman simply asking Martin why he was in the neighborhood doesn’t give Martin the right to start striking him or pounding his head into the concrete sidewalk.

Simple words do not justify hitting someone.

Anyway, it appears that Zimmerman didn’t even question Martin. The 911 tape of Zimmerman reporting a strange person in the area indicates that Zimmerman didn’t even try to ask Martin a question.

When the police operator told Zimmerman “we don’t need you to do that [following Martin],” Zimmerman appears to have stopped following Martin and agreed to go to where the police would be arriving.

The medical evidence implies that Zimmerman did not physically attack Martin and thus there was no justification for Martin to start hitting Zimmerman.

With the case unraveling, it makes the prosecutor’s behavior look even more outrageous. The prosecutor wasn’t required to go to the grand jury for the indictment, but the fact that she didn’t in such a high-profile case is troubling. Everyone knows how easy it is for a prosecutor to get a grand jury to indict, because only the prosecutor presents evidence and the standard of proof is very low.

A grand-jury indictment would have provided political cover; that charges were brought without one means that the prosecutor was worried that even a grand jury would not give her the indictment.

The Obama administration has been fanning the flames, and it isn’t just President Obama’s attempt to personalize the tragedy.

News reports surfaced Tuesday that the US Justice Department was pushing hard to charge Zimmerman, who is part black himself, with a hate crime because Martin was black. Such a charge can carry a life prison term or even the death penalty.

Yet, Zimmerman and his wife mentored two black children for free.

A recent Reuters report that interviewed Zimmerman’s neighbors found that both black and Hispanics viewed Zimmerman as someone who cared deeply about his neighbors and volunteered to head the community watch to help them.

The claim that Zimmerman referred to blacks as “f***ing coons” has long since been dropped.

Using this case for political purposes has already come at a real cost. In Gainesville, Florida; Oak Park, Illinois; Mobile, Alabama; Toledo, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and possibly Norfolk, Va., blacks have attacked whites in what they think is revenge for Zimmerman attacking Martin because he was black, and those are just the cases where the perpetrators would make some comment such as “This is for Trayvon.”

The media has been partially responsible for this aftermath with its sensational reporting. Recent coverage has helped to balance things out, but responsible reporting requires still more.

Bottom line: the medical reports about George Zimmerman are revealing a lot more information than the media have so far let on.


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sugarnspice005

May 16 @ 5:38PM  
Bottom line is that the prosecutor and lawyers have full access to information that we and the media do not have access to.

Zimmerman followed Martin, true. He has admitted to that, has never denied it. He assumed Martin was up to no good for whatever reason. I don't know Zimmerman's thought process...so I will not say "this is it" as if I do know. Just like I will not say that Zimmerman is justified in shooting Martin in self defense. And here is why:

Suppose, as the evidence shows, Martin did beat the shit out of Zimmerman. And when he finished, he turned to walk away, and Zimmerman shoots him. I've heard of reports that Martin was shot in the back. That indicates to me that Martin had his back to Zimmerman. But, only 2 people know for sure what happened that night, and one of them is dead.

When all is said and done, two families have had their lives turned upside down and are going through a lot of grief and pain.
MsPat

May 16 @ 6:21PM  
I don't think Zimmerman should have been carrying a gun.. a neighborhood watch should watch and report to the police and let them handle it... 2 officers could have probably taken him down without anyone getting shot .. the most Zimmerman should have been carrying is a tazer.
40DWM

May 16 @ 6:46PM  
Had Zimmerman only a Tazer, he'd have been beat to death.

He was neighborhood watch, due to high crime. I wonder how the crime rate in that
area has gone, up or down? Not like Treyvon had a screwdriver in his backpack.....oh, wait, it's been
reported he did. Gotta love his Gold Teeth Gangsta photos.

I would feel fine if the victims and next of kin, in Gainesville, Florida; Oak Park, Illinois; Mobile, Alabama;
Toledo, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and possibly Norfolk, sued the Liberal News Outlets
for inciting violence. As they have not done a good job at reporting the news HONESTLY. Not just the stations or papers, but the writers too.

I wonder if Obama realizes that Zimmermans mother that is from Peru, also has
a Black Grandfather. According to U.S. Law, it's technically 'Black on Black crime'. George could just as well be related to O.

Leave Whitey alone.
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May 16 @ 6:47PM  
reports that Martin was shot in the back
I heard all along that he was shot in the chest.

I just now heard on NBC Nightly News say that he was shot in the chest as well.

the most Zimmerman should have been carrying is a tazer.
You can run into some problems with those too.
MsPat

May 16 @ 7:05PM  
well I can see this happening ... Trayvon walking by and knowing Zimmerman was a neighborhood watcher .. maybe flipping him off which triggered Zimmerman into more confrontation than he probably should have did... it's very hard for someone to identify a stranger in the neighborhood .. when they are wearing a hoodie.
pinklipstick2

May 16 @ 8:14PM  
I seem to remember where you could trust the newsman for truth about a story but that was enons ago
somnium

May 16 @ 9:51PM  
I have a solution... I think all humans should be banished from planet Earth. Problem (and all other human problems) solved!!!

Then, the rest of the creatures on this planet can have it back and nature will revert everything back on her own to the pristine condition it used to be in before humans arrived!

Just a thought!


rnj1013

May 16 @ 9:57PM  
I don't think Zimmerman should have been carrying a gun.

He is allowed to carry a gun. Not as a neighborhood watchperson but as a free citizen.

He was trying to protect his neighborhood. Right or wrong....it was Trayvon who was out after curfew. It was Trayvon who assaulted him. Ever heard the old expression "don't bring a knife to a gunfight"

He wanted to live the "thug life" and he paid for it with his life.

People seem to overlook that he had recently been found with jewelry robbed from a neighborhood girl. He recently beat up a school bus driver. He was a kid lookin for trouble....he found it...and couldnt handle it. Good riddance!
MsPat

May 16 @ 11:14PM  
He was trying to protect his neighborhood. Right or wrong....it was Trayvon who was out after curfew. It was Trayvon who assaulted him. Ever heard the old expression "don't bring a knife to a gunfight"

He wanted to live the "thug life" and he paid for it with his life.

People seem to overlook that he had recently been found with jewelry robbed from a neighborhood girl. He recently beat up a school bus driver. He was a kid lookin for trouble....he found it...and couldnt handle it.


I had not heard any of that .. seems he was looking for trouble..after reading this I remembered a girl I used to work with ... she stole stuff from the business and when she would walk out with anything under her coat she would always wear a hoodie so the cameras couldn't tell who she was.
WhateversClever

May 18 @ 11:35AM  
I didn't read through too many of the comments out of just a sincere lack of interest... However some guy following me as I'm stoned walking down the street as he continues to RUN after me I personally would beat the shit out of the guy or at least try to back him off lol. I'm an outrageously peaceful person so thats saying something. Dude follows you for no apparent reason, capital FUCK that. He just happened to have a gun that he grabbed intentionally from his vehicle just in case, thats solely Zimmermans fault for having no dick. No fault of Martins in my opinion.
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May 18 @ 6:04PM  
Dude follows you for no apparent reason, capital FUCK that. He just happened to have a gun that he grabbed intentionally from his vehicle just in case, thats solely Zimmermans fault for having no dick. No fault of Martins in my opinion.
Following him wasn't against the law. Besides, I don't think it warranted being physically attacked the way Zimmerman was.

Clearly self defense from a lot of the evidence that's been released over the past couple of days. I'm sure Zimmerman won't be convicted. If he ends up being convicted, it's only because of the politics involved in my opinion.

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What Zimmerman, Martin medical reports tell us and the media didn't