Tigerman wrote:bileduct wrote:You stated that the girlfriend's testimony supports Zimmerman in that it proves Trayvon instigated the confrontation with Zimmerman. The actual ABC Report, which all of the reports you have produced are based on, clearly shows ABC News paraphrasing the girlfriend as saying that Zimmerman cornered Martin and a conversation took place.
If the conversation took place as reported, it does indicate that TM initiated the confrontation.
I haven't been following the story closely in the news and I haven't read this thread, but I take issue with the suggestion that the confrontation might have been started by Trayvon Martin. Isn't it undisputed that TM was an unarmed teen walking home from the store and Zimmerman followed him continuously for quite some time, even when instructed by 911 that he should not follow him, but he continued to do so and then, according to the girlfriend, Martin called her, frightened because someone was following him, uncertain who that person was or what were his intentions, and he wondering how he could escape the guy?
That, to me, sounds like a clear case of Zimmerman starting the confrontation: big, hulking dude following a scared kid in the dark. Even if Martin did then attack Zimmerman (I have no idea whether the evidence supports that or not), I would still say Zimmerman started the confrontation by following him like that and creating such fear that Martin felt he was in danger and had to strike first to protect himself.
It's ludicrous to argue Zimmerman was justified in then shooting the kid -- in "self defense" -- because he was attacked by the kid. For christsake, how can it be self defense to track down a small defenseless victim, get so close he's terror-stricken, and then when he lashes out in fear to blast him with a hidden gun and claim you feared for your life? If it weren't so stupid and tragic I'd post a