Originally Posted by aturnis
I'd say the fact that is relevant is that self defense takes into account that you first took advantage of every opportunity to flee. He was told by police not to pursue. In my eyes, he was the one who provoked the attack, Martin was the one who used self defense, and Zimmerman happened to come out on top as a murderer.
That's basically the way I see it.
Both sides could have done more to defuse the situation, but at the end of the day, Zimmerman could have prevented the entire debacle had he not been an over zealous, wanna-be superhero. He was the aggressor in my eyes.