GZ’s rendition of his killing of TM has several portions which do not comport with the evidence. The one I want to focus on is his statement that TM punched him in the face 12+ times. He claimed that each time he was punched in the face, his head was slammed against the pavement. See his interview with Hannity, the tape of which was played at trial starting at 12:41 George Zimmerman’s Exclusive Full Interview With Sean Hannity
They prosecution stated in their closing argument that GZ has claimed TM punched him 25 times and his head was slammed on the concrete 25 times. The defense did not object that the state had mischaracterized the evidence. George Zimmerman Trial – Prosecution Closing Arguments – Part 2 – July 11, 2013
youtube.com/watch?v=wuFiYkN8KWE starting at 54:56.
Now, many of GZ supporters, especially on social media such as Twitter, ignore the above allegation and thus the absurdity of it. Many claim that since GZ was “attacked” he had the right to defend himself with deadly force. They do not bother to address the nature and circumstances of the “attack”. They say what happened before the “attack” doesn’t matter. Actually, it does. Here is a link to the applicable law. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0776/0776.html
The relevant part states
776.041 Use of force by aggressor.—The [self defense] justification described in the preceding sections of this chapter is not available to a person who:
(1) Is attempting to commit, committing, or escaping after the commission of, a forcible felony; or
(2) Initially provokes the use of force against himself or herself, unless:
(a) Such force is so great that the person reasonably believes that he or she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that he or she has exhausted every reasonable means to escape such danger other than the use of force which is likely to cause death or great bodily harm to the assailant; or
(b) In good faith, the person withdraws from physical contact with the assailant and indicates clearly to the assailant that he or she desires to withdraw and terminate the use of force, but the assailant continues or resumes the use of force.
TM was not engaged in any criminal activity, and he was concerned about being followed by GZ, a civilian who made no attempt to identify himself or his intentions. (See Det. Serino pointing out that TM could have perceived GZ as a threat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxqElKum6t0 starting at 54:11) GZ assumed that TM was a criminal though he was doing nothing criminal. Why wouldn’t TM assume GZ was a criminal considering he was following him for no apparent reason? When TM asked GZ what his problem was GZ quickly reached into his pocket. How was TM supposed to know that he was not reaching for a gun, a knife, a tazer or some other weapon in order to attack assault or kidnap him? Well he couldn’t because he couldn’t read minds anymore than GZ could. Remember NW members are not even supposed to carry weapons or follow “suspects.” Shooting Focuses Attention on a Program That Seeks to Avoid Guns, CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and JOHN SCHWARTZ, NY Times and Trayvon Martin would be alive if Neighborhood Watch rules followed, March 14, 2012|Beth Kassab So TM would have a right to defend himself.
So, let’s assume TM did punch GZ in the nose and GZ fell down and bumped his head on the pavement. This “attack” would not make a reasonable person fear for his life, moreover, GZ initially provoked the use of force against himself again, by following TM for no reason that TM could fathom, failing to identify himself and making a threatening, gesture, i.e, quickly reaching into his pocket. Thus, in order for GZ to prevail on a SD claim he had to claim the force used against him was so great that he reasonably believed that he was in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that he had exhausted every reasonable means to escape the danger. A punch in the nose does not meet that requirement nor does falling down and bumping one’s head on the pavement.
Back to GZ’s story. How could TM punch him in the face over a dozen times yet he only had a swollen nose and no injuries to the rest of his face? How could TM slam his head on the pavement over a dozen times and all he had were two scrapes on his scalp that did not even need stitches? The medical examiner testified that he might have hit his head twice. George Zimmerman trial: Jacksonville medical examiner says Zimmerman’s injuries from altercation were “insignificant”, Erin Donaghue CBS News July 10, 2013, 2:38 PM Surely he would have had a skull fracture, loss of consciousness, a concussion, brain trauma or damage, cognitive disorders, even death or some combination of the above! However, his injuries were described as minor by the investigating detective. In fact, the EMTs washed and dresses his “boo boos” and he went to work about 12 hours later, requiring no further medical treatment. He only visited his PA because his employer told him he needed a “note” before he could return to work. Of course there is the DNA evidence which also contradicts his claim. DNA Report does NOT support Zimmerman’s claim that Trayvon Martin caused his injuries, Sun Jun 09, 2013, Daily Koss
Many people, including.GZ, claim his nose was broken nose but since an x-ray was never taken, there is no definite proof of that. His PA who examined him, testified at trial that Zimmerman’s nose was “likely” and “appeared to be” broken but she could not say “definitively” because there were no x-rays. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWcboXbBiTE starting at about 1:27:08
Again, very few GZ supporters address the absolute absurdity of this allegation. They post pictures of GZ’s bloodied face and scalp. However, after the blood was wiped away, his injuries were what anyone might receive in a simple fist fight and not having his head “slammed” on concrete 12+ times or 25 times!. The George Zimmerman Trial For Dummies, by Dr. Kristine Randall, July 10, 2013
Look at Zimmerman’s injuries: George Zimmerman’s injuries AP Photo/State Attorney’s Office
This is a Glasgow Coma Scale which Zimmerman passed easily…despite the fact that he claims his head was slammed into the concrete 12+times!
Can anyone honestly say with a straight face that he was punched in the face and had his head banged on the concrete 12+ times? Then George says that Trayvon saw his gun and reached for hit. According to him, the gun was in a holster on his back and he was on his back, so how did Trayvon see the gun on his back and grab it? Of course, Trayvon Martin left no fingerprints or DNA on George Zimmerman’s gun. There was also none of George’s DNA or blood on Trayvon or his clothes! FLE DNA Report
So why did GZ come up with this tall tale? Well, because he knew the law. Remember his criminal law professor testifying that GZ was a good student and that the class he taught covered SYG and SD law. Strangely enough, GZ stated he knew nothing about SYG to Hannity, another glaring “inconsistency”! George Zimmerman Professor Testifies He Taught Extensively About ‘Stand Your Ground, by Tommy Christopher | 2:07 pm, July 3rd, 2013, http://www.mediaite.com http://www.mediaite.com/tv/george-zimmerman-professor-testifies-he-taught-extensively-about-stand-your-ground/
IMOH, GZ knew that his use of deadly force was not justified based on the real circumstances of the killing, so he came up with his absurd and rank embellishment of the facts and added that he tried to “get away” by squirming so that his head would be hitting grass instead of pavement.
Many of GZ supporters contest he did not have to have any injuries to claim that he was in reasonable fear for his life. Well this present scenario would not have allowed him to make that claim: an unarmed kid, who punched him once, after he had arguably instigated the confrontation? What would have been the basis for his reasonable fear? The power of the rainbow? There had to be something else…so he came up with TM being armed with concrete!
Credibility is very important in a self-defense case since the only other eyewitness is usually dead! GZ’s allegations certainly drain is credibility. The prosecution made many mistakes, including failed to highlight this. At least one juror was confused as to the law governing self-defense and manslaughter, believing that the prosecution had to prove intent for manslaughter. Of course, the the jury had to find GZ guilty beyond a “reasonable doubt.” So GZ was acquitted. Don’t forget, so was OJ!