"The credibility of his self defense claim flew out the window, the instant Zimmerman ignored what he was told, got out of his car and headed in Trayvon's direction."
Clearly I need to put this in my journal because many people seem to think that is what happened. It's not.
What happened is this
Zimmerman calls the police (and it is on tape and the recording is on the web)
Zimmerman (paraphrased) Now he is walking toward me. He's checking me out.
more talking. Then you can hear Zimmerman open his car door and start breathing hard as he is obviously walking after Trayvon. As Zimmerman talks to dispatch. The dispatcher picks up on the heavy breathing and asks
Dispatcher: "Are you following him?"
Dispatcher: Okay, we don't need you to do that.
n.b. This is just what Zimmerman said. I am not claiming that this proves Zimmerman actually stopped following Trayvon or trying to figure out which way he went.
and as for Zimmerman "instigating" a confrontation. Something else is also a FACT.
Zimmerman on the tape says "shit, he's running" and then talks to dispatch for another minute during which he also says "I don't know where he is". So I still don't see how Zimmerman could catch Trayvon.