Tag: Stand Your Ground

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Opinion

‘Stand Your Ground’ laws not to blame, real problem is racism

ULISH CARTER With the Trayvon Martin case and all the controversy around Florida’s Stand Your Ground law there has been much confusion and misunderstanding of the law, especially in the Black community. First of all neither the defense nor the prosecution used this law in the George Zimmerman trial. However, most experts say that the judge used part of it when giving direction to the jurors, stating that Zimmerman didn’t have to retreat if attacked. I’m still trying to understand this. Why would Zimmerman have to retreat when he was the aggressor? He was following and harassing Martin, not the other way around.

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Fla. man shot In front of home by trigger happy police officers

Roy Middleton (pictured), a 60-year-old African-American man in Western Florida, is recovering from wounds, after police shot him in front of his home last Saturday. Middleton was reportedly looking for a cigarette inside his mother’s parked car — which sat in his driveway — when county officers opened fired on him even though he reportedly did not provoke them. The shooting occurred in the town of Warrington, a small predominantly White town just six miles from Pensacola and the Alabama state line, The shooting reportedly happened early Saturday morning, after Escambia County sheriff deputies were responding to a 911 call of a neighbor who saw Middleton looking around in the car. When the police arrived to respond to the burglary call, they approached Middleton and demanded he remove himself from the vehicle with his hands raised, according to his account. Middleton told the Pensacola News Journal[2] th …

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Stevie Wonder won’t sing in Fla. after Zimmerman verdict

In this May 19, 2013 photo,Stevie Wonder performs at The Hangout Festival on in Gulf Shores, Ala. Wonder says he won’t perform in Florida and other states where the “stand your ground” law. In a video posted on YouTube, the 63-year-old tells says at a concert Sunday, July 14, “that until the ‘stand your ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again.” (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder says he won’t perform in Florida and other states with a “stand your ground” law.

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Opinion

George Zimmerman, not Trayvon Martin, is on trial

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, sits with her attorney Benjamin Crump, during a pre-trial hearing for George Zimmerman, the accused shooter of Martin, on May 28, in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool) Attorneys for George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, won’t be able to mention Martin’s drug use, suspension from school, or past fighting during opening statements in Zimmerman’s trial, which begins June 10.