Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blame it on the VIDEO

ABC News, in all their awesomeness, got their hands on part of the surveillance video of George Zimmerman arriving at the police station the night Trayvon Martin died. Their glee and excitement cannot be contained because, to them, it shows Zimmerman unbloody and bruiseless.

A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead
shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain
who says he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had
his head slammed into the ground...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.

As I said in my last post, the media does not learn from their mistake. You've got witnesses who say they saw Trayvon fighting Zimmerman, a police report that says Zimmerman has blood on he back of his head and blood on his nose, and a lawyer who confirms a broken nose. And what amazing evidence does ABC have to refute all of that? A video with a terrible angle and a glare on his shiny head. The police report says he got medical attention from the Fire and Rescue department before going to the police station. A lot of people saying, "well I don't trust the police department." and that's their prerogative. But we do have one witness who went on camera to say he saw Trayvon on top of Zimmerman and Zimmerman screaming for help. A couple of issues I have with this video:

  1. We don't know what we're supposed to be looking for. He was bleeding from the back of his head, but it could have been from a minor scratch that we can't see. I know the back of his head is lumpy. That could be the unfortunate natural shape of his head or it could have been from his head hitting the ground. The Daily Caller took a look at the video and found what they think is a laceration on the back of his head. When my brother busted his head on a brick wall, he had scratches wouldn't see until much later, but he had a lump that lasted for awhile.
  2. Why would we see bruising? This isn't the movies. Unless you're EXTREMELY fair skinned, we're not going to see bruising right away. A friend of mine had her face pierced (don't ask me why) and she was fine the first day. Then the next day she woke up with a black eye.
  3. Why would we see blood? If SFD took care of him at the scene they would have cleaned him up, and to suggest we'd see Travyon's blood on his shirt is immature and irresponsible to even suggest. We don't know how much he was bleeding or what he looked like when police arrived. He could have had that jacked zipped up for all we know.
  4. We don't know how long he was at the scene.
  5. According to multiple reports, Zimmerman felt okay that night to not go to the emergency room, but he went to the hospital the next day.

I'm not defending Zimmerman by any means, but I believe in due process and a fair trial, and the dumb media outlets are doing wonders to the jury pool. They should have just shown the video and let people make up their own interpretations instead of suggesting what is or isn't there without anything to back them up. Now, if someone leaks the hospital photos and we see Zimmerman with a broken nose, then they're going to feel really stupid. They started a narrative that they can't stop. Zimmerman has to be the lying racist, and Trayvon has to be the good kid. As I said before, there are possibilities we have to accept and ABC refuses to do that. This has to be a hate crime and a cold-blooded murder. There are still so many things we don't know, but a blurry video with an awkward angle and terrible lighting isn't the smoking gun.

I'm not talking about what did or didn't happen that night, I'm talking about journalistic responsibility and ethics. The flames of hatred and racism are already hot. ABC is not helping by making a claim they can't confirm or adequately support.

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