Zimmerman Wound Photos from Night of Shooting

by J. Blake on June 6, 2012

I have placed the pictures of Zimmerman’s head–pictures all purportedly taken directly after the shooting of Trayvon Martin–side by side. From left to right, we see: A picture a neighbor claims to have taken on his cell phone aproximately 3 minutes after the shooting, the surveillance video from the Sanford Police Department aproximately 30 minutes later, and an evidence photo from SPD said to be taken several hours later. A number of things are bothering me about these pictures:

  • I am still having difficulty understanding why we see no black stripe across the back of the jacket on the cell phone photo, where it is clear in the other two photos.
  • The cell phone picture shows an unusual blood flow pattern and lack of smeared blood, though Zimmerman was purportedly on his back and scooting around the concrete/grass.
  • After being cleaned up by EMT, blood flow is under control. So much so that EMT deemed not even a bandaid necessary. We also see with our own eyes, Zimmerman walking through the station for minutes without so much as a drip.
  • Several hours later, though, there is again dried blood, yet again the flow pattern is toward the left ear from the left wound & straight down from the right.

That last item makes me wonder why the wounds that were clean, under control & not bleeding, later began to bleed again? Did the Sanford PD care that their suspect had blood dripping down his head while in their care? Why did they allow it to continue to drip, though reporting they checked on him every 15 minutes or so? Do they typically leave their subjects to bleed untreated until the blood dries? How is it the blood flows in this same odd pattern twice? These are some things currently bothering me about this progression of photographs.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ryan J. September 23, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Having worked in emergency medicine for years I can tell you that the blood shown in the first photograph is incredibly minimal for a head injury. Typically even the most superficial of lacerations to the head bleed alarmingly fast and most always are very voluminous.

Furthermore any head injury attended to by emergency personal information – especially those involving blood – must, by law, be examined by a physician.

EMT’S are not Licensed to practice medicine, they are only certified and that certification requires that a Licensed physician allows them to work as an extension of the physician, not in place of; therefore medical protocols would have required transportation to the hospital and likely a battery of tests to rule out unseen head trama.

In summation, it is incredibly unlikely that a documented victim of head trauma, who sought medical attention, and presented with lacerations, allusions, confusions, et cetera would be seen with open or seeping head wounds after treatment; specifically for because medical personnel would have stitched, stapled, or bandaged the affected areas, unless the victim left against medical advice.

Hope that helps.

J. Blake September 24, 2012 at 7:32 am

Excellent comment. As I expected & it’s great to hear it directly from a pro.

Dimples June 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

Thanks for this article. I hope Prosecutors bring out this point. There is not even a smear from being in the grass…this points to the opening statement GZ did not kill because he had to rather because he wanted to. I still believe it’s going to be proven.

walter m. July 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

As i have said anyone who has suffered a bloody nose after a punch, bleeds all over the place side walk jacket shirt there will be blood on the face.The same is true of getting one’s head slammed into the sidewalk.Head wounds tend to bleed even with minor injuries.The fact that Zimmerman refused further medical attention that night is telling.The lack of dna at all on Martin let alone blood (Zimmeman’s that is) are testament to a lack of investigation of the incedent.This is the real story in my mind.How could the body of Trayvon Martin lie 60 yards away from his dad’s door and the father not be notified?This speaks to deliberate planning not oversight.

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