... Against police instructions and SOPs for the watch program, (Zimmerman) confronts the "suspect" who was not engaged in a crime where anyone was in mortal peril. ...
... there is zero room for interpretation of the facts.
There seems to be more room than that, Fraidy. This is apparently Zimmerman's version, which is consistent with his 911 call.
- Zimmerman gets out of his SUV and starts to follow Martin. The dispatcher tells him not to do that.
- He agrees, but stays outside to determine exactly where he is within the watch area.
- Still unsure after a few minutes, he asks for the police to call him when they get there.
- He then looks around for an address.
- Martin attacks him after doubling back and circling around the SUV.
- Believing he is in mortal peril, Zimmerman shoots Martin.
Not taking sides, but some of the key facts do seem to be very much open to dispute.