Originally Posted by R8ers
Put yourself in the situation....
I am basically a rent a cop, I just got my carry license and I have been dreaming of being a cop, I am kinda nerdy.
I see this kid that looks suspicious, I get in my car, follow him trying to be a hero and look out for the neighbors homes. I call the cops, they tell me not to pursue but I do not have to take orders from a 911 operator, adrenaline pumping now, he is walking faster and I lose site of him, I go back to my car and then he confronts me, Busts me in the face, then dives on me and beats me then grabs my head and starts pounding it into the concrete, head splits open, I am scared, and I can't see.. I know my gun is on my hip, I pull it out and fire... This is what I think happened
The problem with this scenario is that you assume Zimmerman was completely innocent the minute he hung up the phone.
The story that he gave up pursuit is completely unbelievable. It doesn't jive with anything we've seen from how he handled this situation in the past. Here's what I think happened. Zimmerman pursues Trayvon. Trayvon has no idea who Zimmerman is and runs away in fear. Trayvon then makes a stupid decision to handle the situation, instead of retreating to shelter. Zimmerman makes the stupid decision to ignore protocol and continue to pursue Trayvon (he hates when "assholes" get away, he doesn't want to look stupid when police roll in and the guy got away, and he wants to be the hero that nabbed the guy who was causing trouble). Zimmerman stupidly continues to pursue and then gets jumped and, for the first time in his life, realizes he provoked a fight he can't win. And then the confrontation happened. Quite possible in between then, one or both talked a little bit of shit.
Sorry, the idea that Zimmerman innocently went back to his car because he gave up doesn't hang together given everything you know about his history.