on Thu Apr 12 21:06:42 2012, in response to Re: AP says Zimmerman in custody, posted by Easy on Thu Apr 12 20:57:35 2012.
Zimmerman was told not to follow Trayvon Martin. "We don't need you to do that" leaves little to the imagination. It means, "STOP following that kid". 911 operators' instructions to callers are legally discoverable, and recordings of 911 conversations are, in fact, legal documents. If, for example, a person calls 911 and states he is holding hostages, one of the things the 911 operator will tell them is to surrender when police arrive. Later, when said suspect is on trial, those tapes will be played for a jury, and the suspects' actions during the 911 conversation will be placed into evidence, showing his intentions.
Whether such instructions are legally binding in Florida or not, will come out if Zimmerman goes to trial, but if Zimmerman never intended to start a confrontation with Trayvon, why, then, did he not only continue to follow this child, but actually get out of the truck and accost him? The 911 tapes establish Zimmerman's intent quite well.