[quote=pnewton]…Could not have Martin been acting in self-defense even as Zimmerman was? After all, Martin was initially the one doing nothing but walking home.
That is my thought. I expressed similar ideas in one of these threads. forums.catholic.com/showpost.php?p=9158044&postcount=145
[quote=SwizzleStick]I would like to know for sure what happened. I do not. I sure would like to know how those who are absolutely certain they know what happened came to this certainty and how they know with certainty that one of the two men in the situation was a villian. Some of you know that Martin was a thug. Others know that Zimmerman murdered Martin just because.
On the one hand, how can some of you “know” Martin was a thug, a hoodlum?
On the other hand, how can some of you “know” that Zimmerman is a racist who just shot the young man for no real reason?
I keep thinking that tragic misunderstanding led to the shooting. I think it possible that Zimmerman was trying to do his duties as a neighborhood watchman. He saw an unknown teen in the area and was vigilant and wary and followed the kid because it was raining and not a nice night for someone to be out walking AND because there had been several burglaries in the neighborhood. Martin decided to confront this unknown stranger who in his mind may have been just some guy who followed him. Zimmerman wasn’t wearing a uniform or anything to identify himself as someone with legitimate reason to be particularly watchful. I can see how Martin may have been alarmed by this guy following him and may have gotten mouthy in response to being afraid, may have wanted to appear tough to try to intimidate the stranger into leaving him alone so he could continue on home. Then during the confrontation, maybe when Zimmerman went for his phone, Martin thought he was instead going for his weapon. Then, due to misunderstanding, Martin felt he was in a fight for his life and defended his life by attacking Zimmerman with deadly force. After being hit and having his head hit on the ground, Zimmerman too felt he was in a fight for his life and so defended himself, he too with deadly force.
Granted, I don’t know what happened. But, the scenario above doesn’t seem so out there to me and it seems more charitable then some others I’ve read. Is it possible that something like that happened rather than having one of the two men be a villian? We have Zimmerman’s account. Martin can no longer tell us his side. Is it possible neither man is a villian?