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  •  If the diarist took his gun and pursued... (3+ / 0-)

    "suspicious" persons, up to the point of physical contact--what would the diarist expect to happen?  

    Would he expect the pursued persons to meekly submit to his self-conferred "authority"?  Or would he expect that the persons pursued by a stranger might take exception to the pursuit and the pursuer, and react in an unpredictable manner?  

    To do what Zimmerman did was dangerous, both to himself and to Trayvon Martin, it was irresponsible, and it shows that Zimmerman has learned nothing from his own previous legal entanglements. Zimmerman has made bad decisions in the past, and here's a reminder of Zimmerman's relevant past:  

    In July 2005, he was arrested for “resisting officer with violence.” The neighborhood watch volunteer who wanted to be a cop got into a scuffle with cops who were questioning a friend for alleged underage drinking. The charges were reduced and then waived after he entered an alcohol education program...

    Then in August 2005, Zimmerman’s former fiance sought a restraining order against him because of domestic violence. Zimmerman sought a restraining order against her in return. Both were granted...

    According to a former co-worker, ...was once fired from his job as a security guard for “being too aggressive...”
    But it was like Jekyll and Hyde. When the dude snapped, he snapped.”

    ...“He had a temper and he became a liability,” he recalled. “One time this woman was acting a little out of control. She was drunk. George lost his cool and totally overreacted. … It was weird, because he was such a cool guy, but he got all nuts. He picked her up and threw her. It was pure rage. She twisted her ankle. Everyone was flipping out...”

    This is relevant, because:  Once is a mistake, more than once is a pattern. It's relevant because George Zimmerman knew from his own past experience that confrontations can turn physical and violent.  

    A person with a pattern of poor judgment, and violent physical expression is someone who should not even have had a gun, IMHO, much less been running about the neighborhood chasing people down.  Obviously George Zimmerman had not learned from his previous violent confrontations to avoid possible future confrontations.  

    What was going on in Zimmerman's mind isn't really important--that he keeps choosing to put himself into situations that result in physical confrontations is what's important, and it's what makes the verdict seem to be less than justice.  

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      my guess would be that he DID expect the pursued persons to meekly submit to his self-conferred "authority", especially if he backed it up by flashing a gun

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      by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 09:21:25 PM PDT

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