“The bit about Zimmerman disobeying the dispatcher and obstructing justice etc. is so absurd it is laughable.” I agree,where I live in Maryland, the dispatchers are girls (of whom I’ve dated a few) they are not duly sworn police OFFICERS, so I question their authority to give a “lawfull order.” It may be differant in Florida, I speak only from my locality. Any others out there that have a similar set-up?
Zimmerman said “okay” when told to stop pursuit and headed back to his vehicle.
Martin, instead of going to the place where he was staying, doubled back to confront and punch Zimmerman.
Zimmerman had solved four burglaries two weeks earlier through his efforts.
Zimmerman said Martin was acting suspicious - not on the sidewalk? Looking in windows?
Martin was busted at school and suspended for possession of stolen property.
Martin became the aggressor and was on top of Zimmerman. The gun was exposed and Martin reached for it. That’s when he was shot.
Self defense and the witnesses back it up.
Even in the case of duly sworn police officers, there is no generalized obligation to obey police officers.
Laws narrowly prescribe those circumstances in which a police officer is legally allowed to order citizens around, such as for purposes of regulating traffic.
It's what distinguishes us from a police state (at least in theory).
The idea that progressives believe a police dispatcher has some sort of legal authority to order around citizens says all you need to know about progressives.