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Rittenhouse verdict: Self-defense laws serve white vigilantes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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White vigilantism is central in American history. Before Rittenhouse, self-appointed night watchman George Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed Trayvon Martin in 2012 and was also acquitted on the account of acting in self-defense. The American right rose to Zimmerman’s defense, exemplified when conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh said, “He wanted to protect his neighborhood and he just got a little overzealous.”

Comment by: jac (1/14/2022)
If you don't like it, you move to formally great Britain where self defense is not allowed.

Comment by: PP9 (1/14/2022)
Are we really going to relitigate the Zimmerman thing?

What if Martin had a piece of concrete that he was repeatedly bashing into Zimmerman's head? Would the police have demanded he "drop the weapon" if they had arrived in time to save Zimmerman from his assailant?

It clearly would be a weapon. So what is the difference between Martin bashing a head with a piece of concrete and bashing a head into a concrete sidewalk, as he was? Martin was armed with the sidewalk, so to speak.

And as for the highlighted bit, a 911 operator has no authority to make any kind of orders. Following Martin (even if the operator advised against it) was foolish but legal, but Martin attacking Zimmerman was both foolish and illegal.

Comment by: PP9 (1/14/2022)
Self-defense is not vigilantism, and by what woke joke stretch of a college kiddo's fertile imagination is it a central feature of American history?

Shame on you for bringing race into it.

Zimmerman, fwiw, is Hispanic. How does "white vigilantism" have anything to do with a case that does not feature white people or vigilantism?

The Rittenhouse case featured only white people, but again, no vigilantism.

Rittenhouse's assailants (three on one) struck him with a skateboard and gave chase when Rittenhouse fled. One pointed a gun at him. Ya think it was just a "claim" that Rittenhouse was afraid?

Shame on you for trying to justify these acts of violence by Martin and the three Rittenhouse assailants. They were the only criminals here.

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