In reply to: Witness: Martin attacked Zimmerman and Riehl World View: As Media Reports Conflict, Why Was Trayvon Martin Photo Altered?
Doesn't the timeline have Trayvon on the phone with a 16 year old girl and (according to the girl, anyway) trying to AVOID Zimmerman when he is confronted?
And under FL law, wouldn't Trayvon have the right to stand his ground / defend himself against this stranger who was following him around the neighborhood and more than likely confronted him on a dark rainy street, even though he didn't have a gun like Mr. Zimmerman did? If a stranger grabs you (or knocks your phone out of your hand, or otherwise lays hands on you or your personal property), are you not allowed to strike him to defend yourself (or is it only self-defense if your response is to fire your gun)?
Even assuming "John's" witness testimony is entirely accurate, there is no doubt that Zimmerman pursued Trayvon, and likely initiated both the verbal and physical contact between them. That the man Zimmerman was following bested him in the struggle--a struggle that may've been the result of Trayvon defending himself against the creepy guy following him, rather than the other way 'round--is not proof of who initiated what or whether the shot that killed Trayvon Martin was justified. If Mr Zimmerman had let the police do their job the way the 911 dispatcher told him to, the confrontation--and the gunshot that killed Trayvon--never would've taken place. It remains to be seen whether common sense has any place in FL law.
Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 04:06 PM
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