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What part did GZ play? He saw TM loitering around a house. He was not walking down the sidewalk but up in the lawn on the grass and was just looking around and it was raining. He drove past and pulled into a parking space by the club house so he could call the police. He may have gotten TM’s attention by slowing down and observing him. TM walked over to his truck and circled and looked at him. Then he took off running. When he started running, GZ jumped out of the car and followed him to where he turned and ran toward the townhouse his father was staying in. GZ saw the direction he ran in, but lost sight of him.
The dispatcher had been asking GZ questions about where he was but he couldn’t answer because he didn’t know the house numbers. His truck was at the back of the houses. He had gone as far as the beginning of the T. TM turned there. GZ had gone as far as the length of a house and yard. He walked the rest of the way to where he could see the numbers on the houses. That would be the short part of the T.
TM confronted him on his way back to his car. He asked him if he had a problem. When GZ said he didn’t have a problem, TM said, “You do now.” and punched him. When George fell to the ground, TM got on top of him and delivered mixed martial arts punches along with bashing his head against the pavement.
GZ squirmed trying to bet off the pavement to stop the head bashing. That caused his gun to be visible. When TM saw it, he said, “You’re going to die tonight, MF.” GZ got the gun first and fired.
Had GZ not gotten out of the car to see which way TM went, TM would be alive and George would not have his interrupted. Had George not had a gun on his body, TM would have been arrested for assault and GZ would not have had his life interrupted. He’d already called the police and knew they would be there soon. Unfortunately, when TM saw the gun, there wasn’t time to wait for the police to get there.
You said something about teens taking off jackets and cell phones before fighting. They only do that when there’s a mutually agreed on fight. I have never been to one of those. Oddly, they seldom invite adults to those planned fights. We have a tendency to stop the fights when we know about them. I have seen teens fight many times. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them take off jackets. They put whatever is in their hands in their pockets and they punch the guy they’re mad at. If they have books in their hands, they drop the books. That’s about it.
Most “fights” in high schools are really assaults and self defense. Schools don’t want to have to deal with trying to determine who committed the assault and who was defending himself after being assaulted, so they issue a zero tolerance rule about fighting and just punish both parties. Kids grow up thinking that if someone pisses them off that they played an equal part in it and should get equal punishment just like in high school.
Trayvon texted a friend that he’d been in trouble for “fighting” a kid who snitched on him. I doubt seriously if that was a “fight.” Trayvon was angry because the kid told the administration things that got him in trouble. Trayvon said that he won two “fights” with that kid. They were really assaults. He added that he didn’t make the kid bleed enough, so he’d have the kid would have to see him again. In other words, he intended to assault the kid at least once more.
So, what part did GZ play? Not too long ago, when a woman got raped, people asked what she was doing there in the first place. That’s pretty much what GZ’s role was in that. TM saw that he’d followed him a short distance. He could have gone home. He could have called for help if he’d been afraid. He could have run away from GZ. Instead, he ended up in a confrontation near GZ’s car and GZ was screaming for help. A neighbor came out but was afraid to help. In short, GZ was like the rape victim when people asked why she was there. If GZ had not gotten out of the car, he wouldn’t have been vulnerable.