The question is whether GZ initiated the assault. Did he touch Trayvon first?
But even if he didn't touch Trayvon first, the various 911 calls and witness reports would seem to support the idea that he did initiate the confrontation verbally, at least.
If he touched Trayvon first, then he cannot claim self-defense. If he started the altercation by verbally confronting or threatening Trayvon, he is not legally responsible, but he is, IMO, morally responsible for Trayvon's death.
It doesn't matter if Trayvon was a known burglar with a record a mile long, or if GZ was a known nut with a power complex, or vice versa. The only thing that would make a difference to me would be if Trayvon intentionally attacked GZ, for instance because he didn't like GZ following him.
What keeps glaring at me (as a parent) is the fact that Zimmerman had to exit his vehicle, in the rain, in order to follow TM into what is essentially an alley when GZ could and should have stayed in the sheltered safety of his vehicle while on the phone with 911. IMHO - Getting out of the vehicle in the rain with a gun was a very conscious decision on the part of GZ as he wasn't going to let TM "get away". JMO
Otherwise, I think Lee would still be Chief of Police.
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Women are Angels.
And when someone breaks our wings,
we simply continue to fly... on a broomstick.
We're flexible like that.
According to his very own website, Benjamin L Crump is specifically interested and practices in the areas of:
* Personal Injury
* Wrongful Death
* Medical Malpractice
If he had a gun and pulled and fired - welp, he's in even bigger deeper doo-doo (down here in Florida - the gun changes everything and escalates charges).
Catching a criminal in the process of commiting a crime and holding that guy at gunpoint until cops get there is not assault with a dealy weapon. Now, if it turns out I didn't have a CWP or the gun was legitimately registered to me - there could be poitential for minor charges. Even without the CWP if I was at my house and the robber was going into the house across the sctreet - as long as I stayed on my property - then no need for a CWP.
No way would the person holding that robber at gunpoint until cops arrive be charged with assault. No way. Not here in Florida.
Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you're saying.