Originally Posted by Ataturk
He didn't do anything illegal--until he jumped Zimmerman. The last part is the rub, isn't it?
It gets to the nut of this issue. What happened in the moments leading up to the shooting? All this shit you keep bringing up about the pot in his system (zomg it might have led him to be casing houses!), school suspensions, "burglary tools" wtf that means, means nothing other than fighting a media narrative that you don't like.
You know, at this point, we really have two stories.
The first is Zimmerman's--that he watched Martin from his truck, followed Martin a hundred feet or so and turned around. Martin backtracked, approached him, said something like "What's your problem?" then attacked him. Then we have the girl on the phone, who says Martin was worried by Zimmerman following him. So far so good. But they meet up somehow anyway, she doesn't know who approached who or what, but Martin says "Why are you following me?" and presumably Zimmerman attacks Martin. The girl's story is dubious because she waited so long to tell it, and because of the time involved (if her story is believed, Martin must have been walking away from Zimmerman at a pretty leisurely pace since he had three or four minutes and only covered a hundred feet or so if he didn't backtrack) -- but whatever.
Anyway, neither the girl nor Zimmerman describes Martin as attacking Zimmerman in self-defense as you seem to postulate.
I was putting that out there because you said the only reason someone might attack someone who was pursuing them was because they were a criminal. That's obviously absurd, and just another part of your continued effort to needlessly paint Martin as a criminal thug. Either he attacked Zimmerman first or he didn't. That's really all that mattered. Him being a criminal (or not) in any other context is pretty much meaningless.
As the story develops, it appears that Zimmerman didn't do anything illegal by Florida laws. That doesn't mean that Martin was a scumbag deserving of being gunned down, which appears to be the narrative you want to paint.