Now it's pursuit? What do you mean by pursuit? Do you mean Zimmerman was trying to capture and apprehend? If so, all the evidence points to Martin pursuing Zimmerman. The evidence highly suggests Martin chose to engage Zimmerman after both Zimmerman and Martin mutually lost sight of one another. I can take you through the evidence if you like, and if you're open to an honest dialogue. Here's a hint, there were four minutes between Martin and Zimmerman losing sight of one another and the confrontation. Martin was within a minute of reaching his dad's girlfriend's house. What was Martin doing in those four minutes when, if he was the scared child the prosecution painted him to be, he should have been seeking safe shelter?Jarochai Alabaster wrote:Zimmerman did, at every point.
Zimmerman pursued Martin in his vehicle. He did so suspiciously enough that Martin took notice. When Martin ran between buildings to hide from the vehicle pursuing him, Zimmerman got out and began pursuing him on foot. After abandoning pursuit, Zimmerman resumed pursuit when he got off the phone.
According to Zimmerman's reenactment, he was confronted by Martin who immediately asked what Zimmerman's problem was. Instead of explaining who he was and why he was stalking Martin, he went for "his phone."
Any reasonable individual after having been pursued in such a fashion would rightfully assume they were in danger when their unidentified stalker reached for something concealed. And wouldn't you know, it just so turned out that Zimmerman was armed and Martin did wind up dead. Zimmerman perfectly describes someone acting in self-defense in his own reenactment of events when he describes Martin's actions.
Nevermind that Zimmerman knew better on every count. He knew it was a bad idea to pursue a "suspect" himself. He was advised of as much directly, as well, but he knew it already. He also should have known that establishing identifications would be the first and most important task in any confrontation. Zimmerman and Zimmerman alone created a situation which forced Martin to act in self-defense, then killed him for it. This is literally all on Zimmerman.
And you're right. Zimmerman does describe someone acting in self defense.. himself. If you found yourself on the wrong end of a fight, and feared for your life, and your fists weren't enough to get someone off you, would you use another tool at your disposal?
Most honest people would answer in the affirmative.