– “Not guilty” doesn’t mean “he didn’t do it”, it means “the prosecution couldn’t prove it beyond a reasonable doubt”. There really wasn’t a ton of evidence at the trial, and obviously Trayvon Martin wasn’t there to tell his side of the story.
– It sounds like the dominant narrative is something like: Zimmerman is wandering around the neighborhood, sees Martin who he thinks looks suspicious based on some sort of profiling (racial or otherwise), follows him and eventually confronts him. Then there’s a fight and Zimmerman shoots Martin.
– While there’s certainly an element of “self-defense” there, the fact that Zimmerman caused the confrontation (after being told not to by 911 dispatchers and, hopefully, common sense) makes me feel like he is somewhat culpable for Martin’s death – if he hadn’t confronted him, none of this would have happened. Manslaughter feels like an appropriate crime to charge him with.
I thought this was a pretty good take on the trial.