My pro-Zimmerman friends have made the point that it is not illegal to follow someone in Florida. Perhaps not, but tell me how you would feel if you were walking home in the dark and a stranger began following you. Zimmerman never said he identified himself to Trayvon. If a stranger asked you, “what are you doing here” in your own neighborhood, would you assume he was a good guy and answer politely or would you say, “who are you”?
Zimmerman said he was parked in his car when Martin circled it. He was terrified, he said. But, then, lo and behold, this terrified person gets out of his car and goes strolling down a dark sidewalk looking for an address. (Remember, he was the Neighborhood Watch guy and there were exactly three streets in this complex).
Somebody clearly attacked somebody but we don’t really know who. We only have George Zimmerman’s self-serving word for it.
Zimmerman told Sean Hannity that he knew nothing about Florida’s Stand Your Ground law but his instructor testified that they’d gone over that law thoroughly in class so George knew all the right answers to give when he was interviewed.
Someone tried to stand their ground. I just don’t think it was George Zimmerman. He was the instigator, not the victim.
Vicki Williams is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached through the newspaper at email@example.com.