The neighborhood was being victimized by multiple burglaries. You have a right to patrol your neighborhood.
Zimmerman thought Martin was acting suspicious and called 911.
Now, we do not know what happened between that call and the fight.
However, unless you want to tell me that Zimmerman started the fight, there is ZERO justification for Martin to lash our physically.
You may not like being followed or confronted, but it does not give you the right to react with violence.
No, he called the non-emergency number of the SPD. It was the neighbors who called 911 after Z called for help.
I have considered the situation you are suggesting to me: Does a man have the right to turn around and attack simply because he is being followed? In all fairness, I would have to say, “Yes.”
Put yourself in a neighborhood you are not familiar with. Heck, put yourself in East Oakland or lower Manhaten—your choice. Now, imagine there is a car trailing behind you by 50-75 feet for a couple of blocks or more. You would definitely consider this a threat!!! Wouldn’t you? Be intellectually honest. With this in mind, Trayvon could definitely have been justified in attacking Zimmerman.
BUT, if Zimmerman was indeed ‘backing off’ as he has claimed when the attack occurred, I would concur that Trayvon’s attack was not justified as the ‘following’ would have no longer been occurring.
It’s a mess because I strongly feel Zimmerman truly had no evil intentions but, I can certainly understand why Trayvon would think otherwise.