What did the jury instruction say exactly?
"The danger facing George Zimmerman need not have been actual; however, to justify the use of deadly force, the appearance must have been so real that a reasonably cautious and prudent person ... would have believed the danger could be avoided only through the use of that force."It has nothing to do with the actual or real threat George Zimmerman faced, instead it is legally allowable to surmise what he thought that he faced. And that is a quite slippery slope, the notion that we can get into people's heads and allow them to commit criminal actions because of something we suppose or are led to believe that they are or were thinking...
Which brings up Jordan Davis. Jordan was the black kid in Florida last year who was shot to death at the gas station by the old white guy because he was playing his music too loud. Michael Dunn said that he felt threatened, so he shot him. Why even bother to have a trial? That is what Dunn thought. The loud music was enough for him to fire eight or nine times into a car of unarmed teenagers, hitting the 17 year old Davis twice. Because Davis wouldn't turn the music down. Sounds fair to me. Black people scare white people. Now it is legal for us to kill them. And I assume the inverse. The racial composition of juries now is nearly as important as the nature of the wrongdoing, in reaching a final verdict.
Michael David Dunn, 45, acted "as any responsible firearms owner would have," his lawyer said of the Friday evening incident at a gas station outside a convenience store in Jacksonville, Fla.