Originally Posted by Fraiche
I am by no means competent in understanding the definition of self defense.Can the pursuit of a suspicious individual after specific instructions from the police to not engage be considered self-defense?
If you are chasing someone down who is running away from you to confront them, is that self defense? I am just curious how the law draws the line.
1. A 911 operator told him "we don't need you to do that". Not the same thing.
2. Even if the police had told him not to do it, the police can't give people orders in this cirumstance. They can advise them of the legal consequences of what they are doing, but unless you are otherwise breaking the law, orders from the police don't create any obligation on your part.
3. If someone is bashing your head into the ground, then yes, Florida gives you the right to defend yourself unless you are committing a forcible felony. Even if you were "chasing" him, which Zimmerman wasn't doing.