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  •  Actually, I don't think that is quite right. (1+ / 0-)
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    Zimmerman was not simply walking around a neighborhood that he had a right to be in .... He was purposefully following Trayvon MArtin, having just been told not to.

    That act of following might easily have been interpreted as threatening ... I know I would have felt uncomfortable about being followed.

    Zimmerman was the instigator from start to finish, he has no self-defense claim that should stand a chance of sucess, but this is Florida in 20122, so who knows.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 05:32:18 PM PDT

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    •  Except that the person who told him not to (1+ / 0-)
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      was a non-emergency dispatcher and thus had no authority to give such an order.  Whether or not that little loophole will save him is another matter.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 07:46:37 PM PDT

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    •  even if he was following (0+ / 0-)

      would it be reasonable to attack your follower?

      if you get followed down the road, you should head back to the 7-11 and call the cops or head to a inhabited place and seek help.

      If you are right, then Martin escalated a goofy situation.

      •  Martin escalated nothing (0+ / 0-)

        an armed stranger following him is where the escalation occurred... a woman I sing with recounted the following that happened to her recently... our group rehearses at Howard University on tuesday nights and she was driving home from our rehearsal a few weeks ago when she noticed a car riding close to her bumper... she'd speed up and the car would speed up; she'd slow down and it would slow down; she'd change lanes and it would too...afraid, she called 911 and said there was a car following her and could they send a car to help... she also called her husband and told him what was happening and that she was almost home and to be at the door in case this nut tried to  accost her... she got home and exiting her car she hears  her 911 call on the police radio of the car that was following her... at which point he turned on his lights when he realized the stalker she was calling 911 about and he was being called to investigate...was himself...

        The officer was reprimanded and the police department gave her a written apology for his actions... but that could have been really tragic... for absolutely nothing. She was not pulled over; she received no summons and she committed no offense...

        Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

        by awesumtenor on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:10:17 AM PDT

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