Since the vehicle could not follow Trayvon Martin between the buildings, the only way to reestablish a line of sight to observe Trayvon Martin's movements until the police arrived was to leave his vehicle and go to the corner of the buildings around which Trayvon Martin passed on his way southwards. By the time George By the time George Zimmerman reached the corner of the buildings and could look southwards to see where Trayvon Martin had gone, George Zimmerman could no longer see Trayvon Martin and the 911 dispatcher was suggesting they did not need George Zimmerman to continue southwards to see where Trayvon Martin could have disappeared out of sight. George Zimmerman apparently turned around and was going back to his vehicle to meet the police at the clubhouse when Trayvon Martin spoke to and challenged George Zimmerman while standing nearby on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the buildings.
It appears as though Trayvon Martin had moved eastwards around the coner of the building, went far enough southwards while out of sight of George Zimmerman to a place where he could pass between or around the buildings and back eastwards to the sidewalk running between the buildings, and travel northwards up this sidewalk almost far enough to intercept George Zimmerman as George Zimmerman was returning from the corner of the building to his vehicle. If so, there is no way in which George Zimmerman could have been chasing Trayvon Martin in the sense of chasing him to confront him. Otherwise, George Zimmerman would have also had to have been close enough behind Trayvon Martin to see him going southwards along the sidewalk and street before ducking between the buildings or passing around the south end of the building complex. When looking at the Google Streetview and aerial photographs, you can see it is a long way southwards before a person can duck between the buildings or pass around the south end of the buildings to reach the eastside sidewalk between the buildings. George Zimmerman could not have been anywhere near Trayvon Martin from the time he left his vehicle, went eastwards to the corner of the building, and returned towards his vehicle to meet the police.
The only way in which Trayvon Martin could have been in the position where the fatal confrontation with George Zimmerman took place is for Trayvon Martin to have moved a great distance northwards up the sidewalk between the buildings and thereby doubling back to the same area he came from minutes earlier. The townhome where Trayvon Martin was supposed to be visiting was behind him and in the same direction where he had just come northwards from only moments before he was engaged in the physical assault and battery with George Zimmerman. In other words, Trayvon Martin was in complete control of whether or not a physical confrontation could occur with George Zimmerman. To avoid such a confrontation, all Trayvon Martin needed to do was enter the townhome where he was supposed to be staying, stay in close proximity outside the townhouse, or continue southwards and eastwards beyond George Zimmerman's ability to watch his direction of travel. Nothing George Zimmerman could have done would have prevented Trayvon Martin from remaining out of George Zimmerman's line of sight and observation, much less any ability to provoke a physical engagement. This is especially true if Trayvon Martin had simply gone into the townhome in which he was visiting.
The way in which the news media uses the word “pursue” to misrepresent the events is about as reprehensible as it can get. The homeowners association and the police were clearly interested in have the neighborhood watch actually watch the movements of any person in the neighborhood who could reasonably appear to be one of the people who had been burglarizing these townhomes. A watchman can hardly be expected to watch a suspicious person when the person being watched from a distance makes an obvious attempt to escape being watched by ducking running around the corner of some buildings. out of view. Following or pursuing a suspect from a distance of 50 feet to a hundred or more feet is a reasonable and legal means of observing the movements of people you have never seen before among your homes, and it in no way signifies a desire or willingness to engage in a physical confrontation. The way in which the news media misportrays these facts is quite unacceptable.
What occurred after Trayvon Martin returned northwards and intercepted George Zimmerman as he was returning to his vehicle is another matter. It remains to be explained, however, why anyone would think that George Zimmerman would want to maliciously initiate a physical confrontation with Trayvon Martin, shoot, and kill hi when George Zimmerman knew full well the police were already on the way and due to arrive any minute.
Trayvon Martin, on the other hand, did not know the police were already on their way and about to arrive at any minute. When Trayvon Martin failed to return into the townhome in which he was staying, moved northwards up the sidewalk to a position where he could intercept George Zimmerman's return to this vehicle, and spoke to George Zimmerman as testified by his girlfriend on the cellphone, Trayvon Martin clearly initiated the personal contact with George Zimmerman by aggressively challenging George Zimmerman's right to be there. This is apparent from the evidence for the timeline from the 911 call and reports of Trayvon Martin's girlfriend on the cellphone, and layout of the buildings.
Perhaps George Zimmerman could have avoided the physical confrontation by not walking down the short piece of sidewalk in response to Trayvon Martin asking George Zimmerman why he was following Trayvon Martin. The again, it may be that Trayvon Martin could have simply been polite and gone peacefully on his way back to the townhome after George Zimmerman answered the question by telling Trayvon Martin he only wanted to know if he was a guest of a resident and not a suspect in the recent burglaries. It is also possible that Trayvon Martin could have run the rest of the way up the sidewalk and assaulted George Zimmerman and threatened George Zimmerman's life anyway, no matter what George Zimmerman did or did not do. As far as we have anyway of knowing, Trayvon Martin had recently assaulted a school bus driver as one his friend's social networking message/s indicate, and Trayvon Martin found some reason to do so again with George Zimmerman. If so, Trayvon Martin made numerous mistakes ranging from not going home to his final mistake of attempting to bash out the brains of a man on a sidewalk who is armed with a firearm.
Good points. It does seem very plausible that Zimmerman was pursuing Treyvon only in the sense of keeping him in sight for the police.