A newly released enhanced version of the police video taken on the night George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin shows what looks like an injury on the back of Zimmerman's head.
According to Orlando Sentinel, the video is an enhanced version of the surveillance tape released by the Sanford Police Department last week that showed Zimmerman at the Sanford Police headquarters after the shooting. The video was enhanced for ABC News by Forensic Protection, a California video and audio enhancement firm.
The video shows what looks like a wound or gash at the back of Zimmerman's head when he turns his back to the camera. WFTV.com also reports the enhanced and sharpened video shows a gash mark on Zimmerman's head, and according to former FBI agent Brad Garret: "Enhanced video are often used by law enforcement to identify individuals, injuries. What you're able to see in this enhanced video is marks on the back of Mr. Zimmerman's head."
ABC News notes, however, that in both the enhanced video and the original, no sign of blood is visible on Zimmerman's clothing.
Digital Journal reported that the original video that showed Zimmerman being led out of a police car soon after the shooting, led to intensification of calls for his arrest because it did not show any of the injuries Zimmerman's lawyer Craig Sonner, claimed he suffered after Martin attacked him. The initial police report, according to ABC News, said Zimmernan was bleeding from the back of his head and nose. The report said he received medical attention at the scene of the shooting before he was taken in a police cruiser to the Sanford police station.
Daily Mail reports that when Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, saw the original footage, they told CNN's Piers Morgan that the video proved what they "have known all along." Sybrina said: "We just looked at the video and we were just surprised because according to the police report, he sustained injuries, but when we looked at the video, it was obvious that there were no visible injuries. [there was no] blood on his shirt. I believe that this video is the icing on the cake."
Digital Journal reports that Martin's funeral director Richard Kurtz, also said Martin's body showed no signs suggesting he had been in a fight. Kurtz said: "We could see no physical signs like there had been a scuffle, there had been a fight. The hands - I didn't see any knuckles, bruises or what have you. And that is something we would have covered up if it would have been there. The story does not make sense, that he was in this type of scuffle, of fight."
Zimmerman had told the police that he shot Trayvon in self-defense after he attacked him and slammed his head to the pavement. Zimmerman had called 911 to report a "suspicious person" in the neighborhood. Digital Journal reports he told the dispatcher: "This guy looks like he is up to no good. He is on drugs or something." He said the teen was walking around looking at homes. The dispatcher told Zimmerman not to approach the person and that an officer would arrive at the scene shortly. But Zimmerman disobeyed the instructions.
But according to accounts, Trayvon, 17,was returning from a convenience store with a bag of skittles for his little brother and iced tea for himself. Trayvon's girlfriend Deedee, 16, also told ABC News that Trayvon called her in the last moments of his life, saying a strange man was following him. Deedee said she advised Trayvon to run.
ABC News reports that Lawyer Benjamin Crump, representing Martin's family, has sent a letter to the Justice Department, asking for a federal probe into the killing and a "look into the fact that Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee met with State Attorney Norm Wolfinger on the night of shooting." Crump, in the letter, also claimed that members of Zimmerman's family were present in the police station on the night of the shooting. ABC News reports lead homicide investigator Chris Serino, in an affidavit, said he recommended manslaughter charges be brought against Zimmerman, but the prosecutor advised him not to file charges because there was not enough evidence for conviction.