Saturday, March 24, 2012

More on Trayvon Martin Shooting

Two accounts. First a teenager who was a witness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AySYPMy1Ejw

Now, someone in the neighborhood who heard (but did not see) the confrontation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj4RHJ0taoc

Key point here: somebody was shouting before the shot.

Was it Trayvon Martin yelling after being accosted by Zimmerman? Or was Zimmerman being assaulted by Martin, as one witness claimed?

We’ll welcome comments on the relative plausibility of both scenarios.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous scott said...

I'm having a really hard time imagining a scenario in which Martin assaulted Zimmerman in a way that would not itself be self defense. Do we suppose that Martin just randomly tried to mug Zimmerman? Seems ludicrous on its face. Do we suppose that he was just engaging in some random act of violence? C'mon. IF--and I do mean if--Martin shouted/pushed/threw a punch at Zimmerman can we seriously imagine that it was not an act of self defense from a big creepy guy following him through the neighborhood?

And that, frankly, is the best plausible scenario I can come up with for Zimmerman's self-defense claim. It actually seems just as likely that he followed the kid, freaked him out, verbally challenged him maybe and when the kid understandably made an attempt to repel what he assumed was an attacker, Zimmerman shot him.

10:56 AM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

Do we suppose that Martin just randomly tried to mug Zimmerman?

I doubt that, but it's possible that Martin reacted violently to a very truculent guy who was in his face demanding to know what he was during there (which the cell phone conversation suggests).

No doubt Zimmerman was, in the larger sense, the aggressor. But whether he could be reasonably convicted of anything is another matter.

I think it depends on who got physical first in the final confrontation.

1:03 PM  

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