Originally Posted by BucEyedPea
The police don't come on time to prevent a crime...they more often come aftewards—when it's too late. They can investigate then.
To my knowledge Z turned back toward his vehicle when Trayvon surprised him.
It should make everyone uncomfortable if we are promoting people taking police matters into their own hands, especially a guy like Zimmerman who was obsessively paranoid and has a track record of violently overreacting when he loses his temper. Not to mention one guy actively pursuing a guy while carrying a firearm even when the party being pursued did not appear to be doing anything to create alarm that would justify pursuit.
And when you say "to my knowledge", that is based only on Zimmerman's testimony. The fact is that Zimmerman at one point did clearly pursue in public space and that Trayvon saw that Zimmerman was pursuing him. From there, you have to piece together who did what, but more than likely none of this would have happened if Zimmerman never tried to take matters into his own hands.