I totally forgot to reply to this:
He was attempting to just watch him from the truck until the police got there, but he lost sight of Travon, that's why he got out of the truck.
Turns out, Travon was waiting, hiding, ready to confront Zimmerman.
I was going to tie my whole, "civic duty" statement into this reply. This is the point where he screwed up and the incident became an issue. This was his action that led to the fighting and subsequent shooting. This was Zimmerman's actions that could have caused manslaughter charges. At what point does your civic duty to help prevent crime become vigilantism? I agree with the defense that Trayvon might have been simply hiding from the dude. I would probably do the same. Now, whether Zimmerman could have walked right by and never seen him or did Trayvon really jump out to ambush, well, I don't know. I don't know the whole story and does anyone really?
and this country will let it happen....
If not with o-dawg, it will eventually with another president.
1. the police attempt to prevent crime every day. the SCOTA is just saying they can't be held responsible when they fail.
2. citizens are not police/law enforcement.
It's not a civic duty to help prevent crime, but it's not a crime either.
.... and zimmerman did contact the police.
As far as law enforcement and crime prevention, I never read the opinion so I might be talking completely out of my ass here but basically it was to enforce already existing constitutional limitations. A cop can't follow you around because they think you might be casing a 'hood or keep driving by a house because they just think you are baking meth. But at the same time, it isn't their responsibility to stop two neighbors from yelling at each other. Course, like I said, I could be 100% wrong on that. So, at what point does it become a crime to try and stop crime? A guy was raping a girl. You shoot the dude, save the girl, but you were trespassing at the time. Could that make you open to a civil suit? This isn't a rhetorical question, I really would like to know.
and you would be guilty of brandishing a firearm. (assuming weapon = gun in this case)
Yup. Which is totally stupid to me. If Zimmerman had pulled the gun as soon as Trayvon jumped out, the kid might have gone, "F this" and ran. He would have still been alive but Zimmer could have been arrested. Instead, a dude is dead and another man is completely innocent because he shot him after the fight started. Should it be illegal to pull a gun to keep a situation from escalating to violence? Stupid laws are stupid.
I don't think of myself as a "has been", but rather, "retired loser".