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George Zimmerman claimed he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense because the 17-year-old black teen was viciously pounding his head on the pavement in central Florida last month.

And many people were buying that flimsy self-defense argument despite Zimmerman’s 911 call to police proving he chased after the teen with a gun against the advice of the dispatcher, indicating that Martin was perhaps the one acting in self-defense.

But now a video has emerged from that night that shows Zimmerman did not have any visible injuries on his face or body despite claims on the initial police report that he suffered injuries from the scuffle.

According to ABC News, who obtained the video from the Sanford Police Department and shows a handcuffed Zimmerman being led out of the police car and into the police station for questioning:

The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning.

His lawyer later insisted that Zimmerman’s nose had been broken in his scuffle with 17-year-old Martin.

In the video an officer is seen pausing to look at the back of Zimmerman’s head, but no abrasions or blood can be seen in the video and he did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.

So now reporters are becoming even more persistent in trying to get to the bottom of this story.

But Sanford police have become extremely intolerant of the media, threatening to arrest reporters who attempt to interview city officials during non-working hours.

According to the Palm Beach Post:

Sanford Police on Wednesday threatened to arrest members of the media who approach or ask questions of city employees during non-working hours.

Some city employees have been “followed or approached at their home or in settings outside of working hours,” according to the statement, released late Wednesday.

The city further asked that reporters not approach, call or email city employees at home.

“Law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking,” the press release stated.

If anybody was stalking, it was Zimmerman who chased after Martin simply because he was walking down the street after buying Skittles and iced tea at the local convenience store.

It is not clear who is running the Sanford Police Department since Chief Bill Lee stepped down temporarily last week amid growing pressure from this case.

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I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.

My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.

So if you would like to contribute, please click on the “donate” button below and contribute whatever you can afford.

You can also contribute to my Legal Defense Fund by purchasing a photographer rights lens cloth and/or laminated card to wear around your neck like a press badge through Zap Rag.Please write “carlos3” in the comments section of the Paypal transaction to ensure I receive a portion of the sale.


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George Zimmerman claimed he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense because the 17-year-old black teen was viciously pounding his head on the pavement in central Florida last month.

And many people were buying that flimsy self-defense argument despite Zimmerman’s 911 call to police proving he chased after the teen with a gun against the advice of the dispatcher, indicating that Martin was perhaps the one acting in self-defense.

But now a video has emerged from that night that shows Zimmerman did not have any visible injuries on his face or body despite claims on the initial police report that he suffered injuries from the scuffle.

According to ABC News, who obtained the video from the Sanford Police Department and shows a handcuffed Zimmerman being led out of the police car and into the police station for questioning:

The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning.

His lawyer later insisted that Zimmerman’s nose had been broken in his scuffle with 17-year-old Martin.

In the video an officer is seen pausing to look at the back of Zimmerman’s head, but no abrasions or blood can be seen in the video and he did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.

So now reporters are becoming even more persistent in trying to get to the bottom of this story.

But Sanford police have become extremely intolerant of the media, threatening to arrest reporters who attempt to interview city officials during non-working hours.

According to the Palm Beach Post:

Sanford Police on Wednesday threatened to arrest members of the media who approach or ask questions of city employees during non-working hours.

Some city employees have been “followed or approached at their home or in settings outside of working hours,” according to the statement, released late Wednesday.

The city further asked that reporters not approach, call or email city employees at home.

“Law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking,” the press release stated.

If anybody was stalking, it was Zimmerman who chased after Martin simply because he was walking down the street after buying Skittles and iced tea at the local convenience store.

It is not clear who is running the Sanford Police Department since Chief Bill Lee stepped down temporarily last week amid growing pressure from this case.

bill_lee_174_20110920_244x183_8hkfb.jpg


Please send stories, tips and videos to carlosmiller@magiccitymedia.com.

 

CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.

My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.

So if you would like to contribute, please click on the “donate” button below and contribute whatever you can afford.

You can also contribute to my Legal Defense Fund by purchasing a photographer rights lens cloth and/or laminated card to wear around your neck like a press badge through Zap Rag.Please write “carlos3” in the comments section of the Paypal transaction to ensure I receive a portion of the sale.

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