Originally Posted by BroncoInferno
We know that's not how it happened, though. From Zimmerman's own account, even if you choose to take it at face value, that's not how it happened. But all you have to do is listen to the 9-11 call. That establishes well enough Zimmerman's frame of mind. Like Arkie said, he didn't call 9-11 for help. He called for back-up because he was playing cop. He put himself in that situation. That's not the spirit of a self-defense claim. It's probably not murder either, but that's what voluntary manslaughter is for:
Aren't all neighborhood watch people all across the country "playing cop?" That's what it's all about. Here's a video of Trayvon at the store:
If you saw that guy standing on somebody's lawn on a rainy night looking up at the windows, would you think it suspicious? What if he came at you out of the dark?
I don't take it at face value that Zimmerman was following Martin in order to instigate a confrontation. I think he was doing it, like he said, to keep track of him until police arrived. What is there to back that idea up?
From January 1, 2011 through February 26, 2012, police were called to The Retreat at Twin Lakes 402 times. During the 18 months preceding the February 26 shooting, Zimmerman called the non-emergency police line seven times. On five of those calls, Zimmerman reported suspicious looking men in the area, but never offered the men's race without first being asked by the dispatcher. Crimes committed at The Retreat in the year prior to Martin's death included eight burglaries, nine thefts, and one shooting. Twin Lakes residents said there were dozens of reports of attempted break-ins, which had created an atmosphere of fear in their neighborhood.
On seven previous calls to police, Zimmerman had never instigated a confrontation. Why would he suddenly change that pattern for Martin?