Originally Posted by stonedstooge
You have any links to this "long history" of Zimmerman that you keep alluding too?
I'm not going to go through links. There would be a lot.
What were his motives?
-He asked for a letter of recommendation to be in the police. He called 911 46 times to report non-emergencies (which is an abuse of the system, but I digress...). He was constantly asking police workers about their line of work. Pretty clear this guy badly wanted to be in the police.
How would he act in this situation?
-He was fired as a security guard for throwing a woman. He had one incident under his record for assaulting a police officer, a charge which was eventually bargained down. He has charges of domestic violence and one of creating a disturbance when he refused to pay for catering. Was he angry at Trayvon the night of the shooting? Yes, he called him an asshole that got away.
So again. Did Zimmerman create the situation? Yes, the 911 call indicates Trayvon spotted Zimmerman and ran. Did Zimmerman escalate the situation? You look at his motives and behavior and do the math. This is a guy with a short fuse with history of trying to take matters into his own hands. From there, they somehow got tangled up, Trayvon then acted violently and Zimmerman justifiably had to defend himself by shooting. But again, they likely do not get tangled up if Zimmerman follows basic protocol, which he did not.