Agreed. But this is not the basis of Zim's claim.I don't really know what legality of the case is, but morally, fear of someone should not justify killing him.
Yes, but it is not a given that the statement applies here. Zim's claim is that Martin was on top attacking him. An unarmed attacker can still maim or kill.If you thought your life was in danger, and then shot and killed someone, who turned out to be completely unarmed (with no real other mitigating evidence that your life was in danger), it should be at least as much of a crime as other errors in judgement that lead to someone's death
He gave chase before the assault took place. He was not in fear for his life until he was attacked.1) Did George Zimmerman actually fear for his life? If so, why did he give chase when the supposed "assailant" was running away?
Fear alone is not reason enough to attack. It must be judged that a reasonable person in his place would have felt that his life was in immediate danger.2) If Trevon Martin feared for his life, was he within his rights to fight back?
My bias is that he acted like a concerned citizen who was willing to do his part to keep his community safe. There is currently no evidence that he threatened or tried to detain Martin. Following and observing someone is not vigilantism. As Discobiscuit's post indicated, there was a spate of break-ins in the neighborhood at the time. A heightened state alertness was justified.My own biases are that George Zimmerman was not racially motivated, but acted like a vigilante.
It was Martin's funeral director who made the claim. He had no expertise in forensics.There is at least one witness saying he saw Treyvon Martin on top of George Zimmerman. Police reports claim Zimmerman's face was bloodied and he had grass stains on his back. But there have also been reports that Zimmerman had no bruising and that Martin's autopsy doesn't corroborate Zimmerman's story.
That is not true. Second degree murder has much more stringent requirements.Please note that a bar fight that results in a death usually constitutes second degree murder.