How do any of us know if he followed the 911 operator's instructions to return to the truck.
We don't. But we DO KNOW beyond any reasonable doubt that Trayvon turned back because if he hadn't, he gets home in sub 30 seconds. PERIOD
However, how many normal folks would have gotten out of the safety of their vehicles to follow somebody that looked suspicious?
From a good distance to see where they are going so they may tell the cops? I suspect a lot of people might do that. They weren't in close proximity to each other.
However, when your over zealous enough to ignore the recommended guidelines of what defines the "neighborhood watch" program means then you put yourself at risk.
I don't understand the "however" part here. Your prior sentence still stood. Dumb or not, he didn't do anything that justified getting his arse kicked.
How many people to you see on a daily basis walking around with a gun straped to their waste??
Not many. But I do know some and when I was in Alaska, I saw it all the time.
How many people do you know would get out of the safety of their vehicle to pursue a suspicious person?
He never said he was going to "pursue" him. He simply wanted to be able to see where TM was going. He was at some distance and armed. Why would this be a big deal to him? Wouldn't be to me.
My idea of self defense may be quite different from most others.
Zimmerman may in fact felt like he was in immediate danger and felt like this was self defense. However, my thinking is that he should have used some common sense and stayed in the vehicle, called the cops and let them enforce the law. When he decided to get out of the vehicle to investigate a suspicious person while carrying a weapon, he put himself in a position that could or could not have a positive outcome. If I was a juror, I would look at his past history of calling 911 and this incident, if it was allowed in a court of law, and I would not buy the self defense theory.
The only question to me is simple. Who actually INITIATED the physical confrontation. The FACT that TM doubled back tells me the answer.
Following someone, even if dumb, is NOT instigating a PHYSICAL confrontation. Hell, if I walked up to you and said "hey, you're not from this neighborhood, what are you doing" and you got pissed and started to pummell me, I didn't fricking start that shite.
And THAT would be if I walked up to your ass. So, following damned sure aint "instigating".