Was This Video of George Zimmerman Being Led into Jail Staged by the Police?
Something about that video has never set well with me. It's taken a while but after viewing it several times and noting something different each time; I can now lay it all out for you, my adoring public:
First is the lack of a time/date stamp. Any video I've seen on those "caught on tape" police videos have always had a fast-running counter on them with all kinds of other information, including the date.
Second is how George is the last guy who gets out of the car. The cops just got out of the car as if they were all arriving for a social visit instead of bringing in a murder suspect.
Third is how a cop finally realizes no one has hold of the perp and goes back to get him but oops, the door is locked! George has to unlock the door for the cop! Um, what? Do perps have control over the door locks on a police cruiser? The cop waits for George to unlock the door the way mom or dad used to have to wait for the kids to unlock the door in the olden days before there were auto-lock doors to prevent kids opening them and falling out of cars. I wonder how many chances other criminals had of jumping out of cop cars while sitting at red lights? Very shoddy police procedure.
Fourth is how George gets out and the cops make a play of frisking him. I've been frisked; that's not how it's done. They take a suspect inside to a desk where they ask if you have anything sharp in your pockets that could injure them or give them HIV and they wear rubber gloves. Then they turn your pockets inside out and leave them that way as they hand your personal belongings to a clerk who logs them in and tags them with your name or some other way of identifying the stuff as yours. None of these cops is wearing gloves because they know they aren't going to find anything in his pockets, which leads me to -
Fifth - There's nothing in George's pockets, not the set of car keys to the truck he was driving, not the cell phone he used to report a suspicious-looking guy, not the wallet with his driver's license that contained the cash or bank cards he intended to use to buy groceries. None of those cops is carrying anything that looks like an evidence bag containing the gun that killed Trayvon Martin.
Sixth - There's something hinkey about Zimmerman's actions, note in the video I've provided how from the moment he gets out the car, he's concerned that his costume is pristine; he keeps looking down at his shirtfront, so concerned is he that he got rumpled during the car ride; it's obvious he's aware he's being filmed. George is cool as a cucumber; shows no sign of distress or concern or regret that he just killed an unarmed, boy innocent of wrong-doing as he casually leans against a wall which one of the cops realizes isn't the right attitude he should strike so he pulls George off the wall, ever-so-gently.
Seventh - George or someone off-camera directs the cop to pretend to look at a non-existent wound to George's head, George definitely instructs the cop to smooth out his shirtfront, and they all head into jail. These cops don't look particularly stern or distraught themselves that they have a killer in custody because they, too, are awfully nonchalant and lackadaisical; so much so, that they almost go into the building ahead of George except that the one who smoothed his shirt remembers to make sure George is in front of him.
Eighth; once inside the door, George wipes his feet on the doormat as if he's just come in for some beer and chicken wings and maybe an impromptu game of poker for a few hours. With that many cops, there should have been one on each arm and the one bringing up the rear but George is unmolested by the cops who are little concerned about this guy they don't know except that he zealously calls them about any black person moving in the neighborhood. Or DO they know him? George was a wannabe cop; maybe he knew where the cops hang out after work and maybe he's been known to fraternize with them while picking up the tab.
I believe that's everything though I have a nagging feeling I've missed something.
So what do you think; is this a staged video? Are the police trying to cover their asses and/or placate public indignation?
I might do a post about how the judge and the prosecutor let Zimmerman's lawyer lead and revise his client's answers to certain questions.