gunboy your white ass would shit tears so fast if black americans started “stockpiling ar-15s”
OH WAIT. the black panthers advocated this very principle, that black americans should exercise their constitutional right to bear arms for self-defense, and white conservatives quaked in their boots and called them terrorists
(ps the black panthers were more concerned about feeding, clothing, and educating black children and keeping black communities safe and secure but guess what most of america gets taught?)
The way that the Stand Your Ground statute is used in jury instructions boils down to this: ALL THAT ANY NON-BLACK SHOOTER NEEDS TO DO IS TO SAY THAT THEY WERE AFRAID FOR THEIR LIFE…because scary Black person. It matters very little if the so-called “reasonable fear” existed in reality, or only in someone’s mind, or not at all
Newsflash: ANY given reason =/= “reasonable fear”
I’ve sat on a jury as a foreman before, and please believe me when I say…during deliberations in the jury room, “reasonable” can easily become, “well, he did give a reason for his fear" if someone strong (or Black) isn’t there to immediately shoot that thought process down
Here is the complete text of the Florida #SYG statute (written by ALEC, btw) which ultimately finds it’s way into Florida’s self defense (aka #SYG) jury instructions
Make no mistake: Dunn didn’t use the words ‘gangster’ and ‘thug’ in his testimony by mistake. You don’t have to look any further than the glaring difference between how Richard Sherman was derided and pilloried as a “thug” vs. when White people like Mayor Rob Ford and Michael Grimm (R-NY) aren’t even arrested after being caught on film using drugs or making credible death threats, let alone not called a thug. Those two words—thug and gangster—and many more have become heavily weaponized and racialized, and they are ‘polite’ stand ins for the n-word. And that coded language didn’t just happen all on it’s own
And let’s be real here, for far too many armed White people, unfamiliar Black bodies are plenty of reason to be fearful…all the way to the point of immediately applying lethal force (please see also: implicit shooter bias, Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc)
Whew. ”According to a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action (MDA), the moms were inside the Blue Mesa Grill when members of Open Carry Texas (OCT) — an open carry advocacy group — ‘pull[ed] up in the parking lot and start[ed] getting guns out of their trunks.’ The group then waited in the parking lot for the four MDA members to come out. The spokeswoman said that the restaurant manager did not want to call 911, for fear of ‘inciting a riot’ and waited for the gun advocates to leave. The group moved to a nearby Hooters after approximately two hours.”
Then this, “MDA later released a statement calling OCT ‘gun bullies’ who ‘disagree[d] with our goal of changing America’s gun laws and policies to protect our children and families.’ The statement added that the members and restaurant customers were ‘terrified by what appeared to be an armed ambush.’ A member of OCT responded by tweeting, ‘I guess I’m a #gunbullies #Comeandtakeit.’”
let’s just call this behavior on the part of OCT what it is. let’s not leave that word out of the conversation of its coverage: this is terrorism.
it isn’t anything else.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her husband.
The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge did not properly instruct the jury handling the case of Marissa Alexander.
But the appeals court did also state that the judge was right to block Alexander from using the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law as a way to defend her actions.
Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall one day in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening her.
Her case in Jacksonville has drawn attention and criticism aimed at mandatory-minimum sentencing laws.
this is great news
About goddamn time.
But she still can’t use Stand Your Ground, which is some bullshit, because what does the law apply to if not that exact situation?
In Tuesday’s terrifying incident in which a man carrying a rifle and other weapons entered an Atlanta elementary school, Antoinette Tuff helped convince the gunman to surrender.
More people need to hear about this!
Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley was spared a felony conviction on Tuesday over the killing of a 7-year-old girl after a jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared, according to Detroit Free Press.
Weekley shot and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones on the night of May 16, 2010, as officers executed a search warrant on the duplex her family lived in. The officers entered Stanley-Jones’s home searching for a murder suspect who was later found in the adjacent unit, throwing a flashbang grenade into the room where the girl was sleeping with her grandmother, then shooting her in the head seconds later.
The series of events was partially caught on tape by a camera crew following the officers that night. A&E producer Allison Howard, one of two people who filmed the raid for the show “The First 48,” eventually released that footage of her own accord and now faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Footage shot from outside the house shows officers lobbing a flashbang grenade into the living room. Seconds later a gunshot rings out.
Lawyers for the prosecution cited the footage to claim that Weekley shot the girl from outside, before even walking in to the building. Weekley’s defense insisted it was just a tragic accident and that the girl’s grandmother had attempted to hit the officer’s gun.
Weekley was subsequently charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm resulting in death, carrying with them the potential for 15+ years in prison. However, both charges failed to stick on Tuesday afternoon, after three straight days of jury deliberations failed to produce a conviction.
signal boost #2 because let’s be for real, had this been the pic of a little white girl surrounded by disney princesses with the words “innocent shot by cop” this would have had thousands of notes in hours, a lifetime movie, book etc. instead, mostly the poc community weeps while everyone else fails to feel as much empathy towards this kind of verdict.
With 12 days remaining until George Zimmerman goes on trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman’s lawyers are pleading for more money, insisting that they’ve somehow burned through almost all of the more than $300,000 in online donations the public somehow have to an alleged murderer. “We’ve calculated that we need another $120,000 to give George the defense he deserves…
It’s the shit that keeps on shitting.
If his ass can’t afford lawyers, he needs to have a public defender like the rest of us and face the same shit judicial system the rest of us have to go through.
who are the fucking racists donating $300,000 to this racist fucker??