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Old July 16th, 2013 (12:57 PM).
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I don't understand how someone can believe that a person who instigates a confrontation that leads to someone's death can be innocent. I'm not saying necessarily that if you start a fight you're 100% responsible for everything that happens in it, but you're at least partially responsible. And to instigate something after the police tell you not to, while armed is incredibly reckless. Acting reckless is not something you should do. We have laws against reckless endangerment.

The accused person isn't required to intend the resulting or potential harm, but must have acted in a way that showed a disregard for the foreseeable consequences of the actions.
Someone in a neighborhood watch should know that better than most people. Even assuming, for the sake of argument, that Zimmerman had no bad intentions, no racial bias, and that Trayvon was hostile, Zimmerman brought a gun into the mix. He escalated things needlessly.
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