This is an older story, but it’s really and truly bullshit. This is racist and moronic and it is NOT okay.
As an attorney, who is also a woman of color, who is also a daughter and sister and cousin to men of color, hearing this is some insane bs. To put it simply, you are permitted to protect yourself and others. You are not however allowed to unreasonably escalate the level of violence. So, if you’ve just hit me a few times, but there’s no basis for me believing that my life is in danger (you’re not 10x my size, you don’t have some instrumentality that could endanger my life, etc.) I can respond, but I cannot do something that will likely result in your death.
So this “no evidence to dispute that it wasn’t self defense” is already a misnomer. Self-defense only stays self-defense if your response is on equal footing to the initial aggression. Here, not only is there a question as to who was the aggressor (all signs point to Zimmerman) but the response of shooting someone a hundred pounds lighter than you that has no weapon, is insane. And based on the information that has been released, there is no indication that the child said that he had a weapon or that Zimmerman would have any reason to believe his life was in danger.