Editor's Note: This is why I suggested waiting for all the facts before we run to decide who was right or wrong...
March 29, 2012
Crime & Courts - US
Police video of Trayvon Martin's killer the 'smoking gun,' lawyer says
Published March 29, 2012
SANFORD, Fla. – A lawyer for Trayvon Martin's parents said Wednesday new video showing the teen's killer George Zimmerman after their deadly clash, but without the head injuries he claims were inflicted upon him in the scuffle, was "the smoking gun" for those seeking to have him arrested.
The CCTV footage, released Wednesday, shows Zimmerman climbing handcuffed out of a police car and engaging with officers after he killed Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.
Not obviously visible are the broken, bloody nose and head wound that he claimed he sustained from being punched by Martin and having his head slammed into the sidewalk during their scuffle.
Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense after being attacked -- a claim backed by some witnesses, but contested by others.
Lawyer Benjamin Crump, appearing with Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton and father Tracy Martin on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" Wednesday, said the video showed "there was some kind of conspiracy to sweep Trayvon Martin's death under the rug."