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'Stand your ground' laws encourage racially charged violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"Stand your ground" laws generally give individuals a license to use deadly force in response to a threat or physical force without the fear of serving a prison sentence. While on the surface the laws give individuals the right to protect themselves, they can provide a literal get-out-of-jail pass for those who use them as legal justification for racially charged acts of violence.

In 2005, Florida was the first state to enact a "stand your ground" law, which allows people to fatally shoot others in public without attempting to escape if they feel threatened, all without fear of criminal prosecution. States across the country have passed their own versions of this law, but Florida's arguably goes the furthest to protect the shooter.
 

Comment by: jac (8/5/2018)
This writer is either ignorant or doesn't care that he blatantly distorts the facts to promote his agenda.

Zimmerman never invoked a "stand your ground" defense.

Michael Drejka was on the ground after being violently attacked and could not retreat if he had wanted to.

If blacks are being disproportionally targeted under stand your ground it is more than likely that they are disproportionally involved in aggressive behavior.
 

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