Richard Kurtz, a Miami funeral director who prepared Trayvon Martin’s body, said he found no “cuts, scratches, or bruises, only a gunshot wound to the chest.”
Kurtz told CBS News that there was no evidence of a scuffle or fight.
Just this week, video of George Zimmerman at the police station revealed that he contrary to the story his father and the police have told, he had no bloody nose, no grass stains on his jacket, and no apparent head injury. In fact, NY Daily News got the EMS documents that show Zimmerman had no serious injuries and in fact the second ambulance called to the scene for Zimmerman was canceled. The NY Daily News reported:
“We could see no physical signs like there had been a scuffle [or] there had been a fight,” Kurtz told CBS News.
“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.”
Trayvon “looked perfectly normal to me when he came in and the story just does not make sense that he was in this type of scuffle or fight in anything that we could see,” Kurtz added.
These revelations should outrage an already outraged community. Just days ago, Mr. Zimmerman the elder was hiding on TV blaming President Obama for stirring up hated while Mr Zimmerman the elder lied about a dead boy in order to protect his son.
Let’s not mince words anymore, as the Zimmerman family has proven that they have no problem making wild accusations about Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman lied to the police when he claimed self-defense. Then his father went on local TV and disparaged the character of a dead boy and the President as he repeated his son’s lies.
Why was Mr Zimmerman the elder hiding from the public (shown only in shadowed profile on TV) as he took his lies public?
Maybe Mr. Zimmerman the elder couldn’t face America as he complained about how the mean black people have been spreading “hate” (aka: compassion for the victim’s family)? Oh, and where was Zimmerman’s compassion for the victim and his family?
I’m still waiting to hear any of them even mention the young boy whose life was snuffed out by a lying coward and covered up by a complicit police department.
This reminds me of Sarah Palin’s blood libel video. There’s something sociopathic here evidenced in the utter lack of compassion and empathy and way, way too much self-pity. This toxic mixture is topped off with an utter lack of shame about blatant lies.
Here’s a thought for the Zimmerman family. Maybe if their son hadn’t gunned down an innocent boy, people wouldn’t be thinking bad things about their son. Maybe if their son wasn’t guilty of lying about the circumstances surrounding that killing, they wouldn’t have interpreted the President’s call for compassion as “stirring hatred”.
Perhaps one day it will dawn on them that their son is walking free while another family buried their son. So maybe now isn’t the time to get outraged over anyone questioning their son’s intentions or the results of his choices, even in light of a constant stream of evidence that George Zimmerman was the aggressor, was on top of Trayvon Martin when he shot him, that there was no struggle, and that Zimmerman has a history of aggression and violence.
Mr. Zimmerman the elder went on TV to disparage a young dead boy whom his own son had killed and he is still saying the video in the police department isn’t telling the whole story. Do the EMS logs help Mr. Zimmerman with the whole story? A second ambulance was canceled because his son George did not require an ambulance. Is Zimmerman going to apologize to the Martin family now?
Back to that Stand Your Ground law; this law does not apply when the person killed has a right to be where they are, nor does it apply when the killer is the instigator of the encounter.
It might seem normal these days for people to lie and say horrible things about someone they’ve killed, but it’s really not. Ask yourself if you had taken the life of a 17 year old boy if you could live with lying about him and besmirching his character and causing such pain to his family after you already took their son from them, all to save yourself? Normal people actually can’t live with that kind of guilt and shame. It’s sociopathic if you can live with it, and a sure tell is doubling down on the character smears as the evidence begins to tell the ugly truth.
Here we have a case where witnesses described seeing Zimmerman on top of Trayvon, and Trayvon screaming for help before he was shot and killed. This corresponds with Trayvon’s girlfriend’s accounting, with the physical evidence and with the video from the police department. The only accounting that doesn’t match up with the evidence and the witnesses is George Zimmerman’s.
Meanwhile, the Martin family is being subjected to having their son’s name dragged through the mud by the Zimmermans and the Sanford Police Department. When you’re dealing with sociopathic behavior, you have to call it what it is. Failure to do so only enables those engaging in the behavior to inflict more harm.
George Zimmerman lied. His father lied. Their lies have caused excessive and unnecessary pain to the Martin family. If Zimmerman is finally arrested for this crime and charged, the fact that his actions post killing don’t suggest regret, sorrow or empathy should play a part in his sentencing if he’s found guilty.
But let us not be guilty in the meantime of falling for the siren call of a sociopath. This isn’t about President Obama. It’s not about Trayvon’s backpack. It’s not about anything except a man who shot and killed a 17 year old boy and lied about the circumstances surrounding that shooting. Mr. Zimmerman was assisted in his lies by his father and the police department. The whys of those lies are our business. The rule of law is part of how we maintain order in a civilized country; while in contrast, this case is an example of how we can destroy the social fabric, invoke chaos instead of order and invite the dominance of sociopathic behavior by ignoring the rule of law.
When is it enough? America wants to know just what it will take for the arrest of George Zimmerman, and we’d also like an apology for Trayvon Martin and his family. We can’t have even a semblance of justice if there is no trial, though I think we all know by now that Lady Justice isn’t blind.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
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