The other IMHO thread had descended into sniping so Ellen Cherry smacked us by shutting it down, albeit with an invitation to try again. And this time, to avoid making it personal with direct snipes and attacks at posters about who they are, vs. the things they say.
Since the subject which was being most heatedly bandied about at the moment of shutdown was George Zimmerman’s injuries or lack thereof, and how that bears on his (purported) story of self-defense, this article seems pertinent to open a fresh thread:
So new reports of bandages. Sounds a little fishy that this is the first we’re hearing of any bandages, almost 2 months after the incident. But ok.
As of the moment I’m writing this OP, here’s where we stand:
- George Zimmerman’s version of events has not been officially released. We have heard several versions from several sources, but they all agree this much:
[li]GZ says Martin attacked him first[/li][li]GZ says Martin was on top of him and smashing GZ’s head into the ground[/li][li]GZ therefore felt his life was being threatened and the only means he had to prevent it was to shoot Martin[/li][/ul]
Many other details are not clear or consistent across sources, to my knowledge. Some of the other things that I’ve heard include:
[li]a ludicrous script that has Martin saying things like “ya got me!” after he was shot.[/li][li]GZ was nearing unconsciousness from the head bashing[/li][li]GZ volunteered to the police that he had been calling for help but no one answered[/li][li]GZ had not approached Martin and the only reason he was outside his vehicle was to check an address[/li][/ul]
I dont’ recall ever reading anywhere that GZ specified that his head was being bashed into concrete, I think that’s been assumed. But I am not certain, so if someone knows…
So what does it mean if GZ had injuries sufficiently serious to legitimately require bandages? Does it automatically mean that he acted out of self-defense? I don’t think so at all, and I think I’ve detected an attitude on the part of a number of people that it does. I dont’ see why; the only thing it actually proves is that GZ got hurt. It does not prove anything else- not how, not what led up to it, not the positions of the two players at the moment the fatal shot was fired, etc. It is helpful to the GZ story we’ve heard, but it’s hardly a slam dunk.
Any comments? Any other humble opinions or speculation about anything else? This is a the best place for it, we’re about opinion here.