Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

More Details Are Released in Shooting of Florida Youth

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

More Details Are Released in Shooting of Florida Youth

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Some of the most hotly disputed aspects of the Trayvon Martin case will only become more contentious with the release of a trove of new documents and photographs.

When police officers arrived on the scene of the shooting of Trayvon Martin on the rainy night of Feb. 26, they tried frantically to revive the 17-year-old, who had been shot in the chest and was lying motionless behind a row of town houses in a gated community in Sanford, Florida.

Officers administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and one officer said in a report that he "put gloves on, placed a plastic bag over the wound to the victim's chest and proceeded to provide chest compression." He added, "Our efforts were continued until" the Sanford Fire Department, or S.F.D., "arrived and took over."

"Briefly thereafter, S.F.D. declared the victim deceased," the officer's report said.

These and other details were part of a trove of new documents and photographs released Thursday by Angela B. Corey, the special prosecutor who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to handle the case, which has galvanized attention.

George Zimmerman, 28, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged last month with second-degree murder in the case, had called the police frequently and had contacted them to set up the neighborhood watch in the Retreat at Twin Lakes, where he lived and where he shot Mr. Martin.

One of the first officers to respond arrived to find "George Zimmerman, in protective custody, which I know to be the head of the neighborhood watch," the officer stated in a report. "Zimmerman appeared to have a broken and a bloody nose and swelling of his face."

Mr. Zimmerman has said that he acted in self-defense the night of the shooting. But with no witness who saw the entire encounter, there has been much debate about whether the evidence supported such a claim.

According to a report by another officer, Timothy Smith, Mr. Zimmerman declined to be taken to hospital three times: at the scene, during the ride to the police station and after arriving at the station. …

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