Responding to post on another thread.
I think its a fair assumption if he said the gunshot was "under" the button, that the button was covering it.
"under" would be the precise word to use if an object was covering another, not vertically above.
I disagree. 'Under' is ambiguous, not a precise word for either case.
I wouldn't assume he hallucinated anything, but maybe misremembered, depending on how much time had elapsed before his report was taken.
It was 4/2/12, about five weeks after the shooting.
People often misremember exactly what they saw, or where or when they saw it. It's not likely someone would remember seeing something they didn't see at all, unless it was somehow suggested to him.
By the 4/2 interview, I think everyone connected to the investigation would know whether the button was found in a pocket or pinned to the hoodie. There would be no reason for anyone to suggest to Ayala that he had seen something different from what others saw. Nor does it seem likely Ayala would be susceptible to such a suggestion.
Is it possible he saw a kid who was shot and bleeding out
There wasn't much external bleeding. If there had been, controlling it would have been the first priority.
and just started trying to revive him as quick as possible without really thinking about what he was seeing,
Then I think he would have said he didn't remember seeing anything on the shirt, not claim to have seen something no one else saw, and that others did see was not there.
Ayala did the chest compressions. I think he would have noticed whether or not there was a large button on that part of the hoodie.
then later when gathering evidence,
I don't think Ayala participated in gathering evidence.
The reports say CST Smith collected the items on the ground, after she and Ciesla measured them. It seems Tara Malphurs (for some reason, 'Tara Clark' in Serino's report) collected the evidence on Martin's person. (184,
pp. 20, 37, 38, 80, 137.)
Curiously, Ayala's own report doesn't say what he did after Sgt. McCoy took over the chest compressions (14/184). Serino said Ayala briefed him when he arrived about 8PM (37/184).
saw the button place on TM's chest
Why would someone put it on Martin's chest? Anyway, there is no reason Ayala would have been inspecting the body after McCoy relieved him on CPR.
I can't fathom a reason why the button wouldn't have been tested for blood and gunshot residue.
Do you have an explanation for why the cell phone wasn't tested for fingerprints?
We haven't seen a report on it, so is the report being held back (seems impossible given sunshine laws and other reports that have been released)
It's pleasant to imagine we have all the evidence, but we don't. For example, there are several videos that we know exist and haven't been released.