I wouldn't know, laws aren't my thing.
Laws have very little to do with morality, common sense and decency.
They should. Rather than focus on this one case, why not re-examine the whole war on drugs that puts so many more people away particularly young Black American males? Isn't it time that we ended the 40 year waste of resources that has led to such violence and has generated billions for drug cartels that is now destabilizing the entire Latin American region whether juges, police, government officials or border and customs agents? all while sending millions of young Black Americans to prisons where they face even more violence while leads to them becoming even less employable or amenable to socialization when they get out? Talk about brutalization.
I do seem to remember you posting something that sure looked like it would cover it. Martin obviously felt scared and feared bodily harm or worse, as would anyone else in the same situation. A man has a right to defend himself and when running away doesn't stop the guy from following him it's quite clear that it's time to go on the offensive.
If you have any doubts about this feel free to profile random "suspicious" males at night, follow them, and then when they run to get away from you, continue following. See what happens and report back to us, but be a man leave your gun at home. I guarantee you that most everyone will feel that their life is in danger and the smart ones will go on the offensive once they realize that running away will not work. A few will just get pissed off and drop you immediately without running away. Zimmerman lost any right to claim self defense when he profiled and followed Martin, then continued to follow even though Martin tried to run away. Following someone that is running away from you and self defense don't go together. If he wanted to protect himself, then he would have just stayed in his truck and drove away.
Question: was it not reported that eight or nine previous robberies involved young Black males suspects? in this situation, is it still wrong to profile? I think that this profiling debate has gotten out of question. As I age, I would like to throw this whole argument back at my insurance company which insists on higher premiums if I smoke, get older, don't exercise, weigh a certain amount or live in certain districts. Ditto for auto insurance though for younger Americans in cities with records of speeding and drunk driving... Hello? Isn't this profiling too? Where does one draw the line?