What a load! "That is where the power of neighborhood watch ends"? Really? If Zimmerman thought Martin was up to no good then he was absolutely right in following him. No law broken. "If I am walking around lawfully at anytime of day or night and I feel I am being followed...naturally, I would become aggravated"? Aggravated? I believe "fearful" would be a much more common reaction! So you're aggravated but also worried you're about to be robbed? Bit of a contradiction there, no? I think as soon as Martin knew he was being trailed, he decided he would get the guy. He doubled back, waited, then attacked. Zimmerman fired in self-defense. How is Zimmerman guilty of manslaughter when he was the one who was attacked?With the info available this is how I see it.
G.Z. was obviously an over zealous neighborhood watchman.
He was in his car...and called the police.
That is where the power of neighborhood watch ends.
In my eyes he is guilty of letting it go beyond that point. He reported the individual's description and location....done.
What the hell is he following the guy around for?
If I am walking around lawfully at any time of day or night and I feel I am being followed...naturally I would become aggravated.
If I feel I am being followed by someone who then attempts to open a dialogue with me who had the option to do so before he began pursuit...My mind tells me, they think this would be the best spot to attempt to rob me.
To me it is absolutely conceivable that Trayvon attacks his pursuer. It is also conceivable for me to believe G.Z. thought he was in danger and shot.
However, G.Z. set up this situation...he is guilty of manslaughter. Not second degree murder.
But it is a strong manslaughter.
Scruffy, you said you were a consultant at Penn. You failed to mention "what" you consult about. Elaborate, please.