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George Zimmerman’s Bloody Nose

A police photo of George Zimmerman taken on the night he was arrested for shooting Trayvon Martin. This is more evidence that Zimmerman was being beaten by Martin when he fired the fatal shot. Zimmerman’s defense team says that prosecutors are playing politics with releasing evidence to them. For example, the prosecution provided the defense with only a black and white photocopy of this full-color image. The black and white shot is far less informative.

Zimmerman is undoubtedly an unattractive defendant in many ways, but: we have photographic proof that Zimmerman’s face was bloodied by Martin that night and we  have photographic proof that the back of his head was cut and bleeding, which backs up Zimmerman’s claim that Martin was bashing his head into the sidewalk. It becomes a lot easier to understand why police initially declined to charge Zimmerman in the case. He was flat on his back getting the crap beat out of him by Trayvon Martin when he pulled out his gun and fired in self-defense. If that isn’t true, then is there a more plausible story of what happened that night?

Remind me, why, exactly, is George Zimmerman on trial?

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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