Florida

At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases | ThinkProgress

Jordan Davis

Martin and Davis are two of at least 26 children and teens who have died in Florida Stand Your Ground cases. Stand Your Ground laws that have proliferated in at least 20 states are associated with vigilantism, authorizing violence by individuals who perceive a “reasonable” imminent threat to their life, without any duty to attempt retreat. But they have also taken the lives of a dramatic number of young victims.

via At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases | ThinkProgress.

Alafair Burke: What You May Not Know About the Zimmerman Verdict: The Evolution of a Jury Instruction

A properly instructed jury should have heard the complete law of self-defense in Florida, not just the portions that helped Zimmerman. Had the jury been instructed about the initial aggressor exception, it might have concluded that Zimmerman’s following of Martin, though itself not criminal, was reasonably apprehended by Martin as a “threat of force.” Put another way, the jury might have concluded that Martin was the one acting in self-defense during the physical confrontation that preceded the gunshot, making Zimmerman the aggressor.

via Alafair Burke: What You May Not Know About the Zimmerman Verdict: The Evolution of a Jury Instruction.

 

A Drone Fell From the Sky and Exploded Next to a Florida Highway

QF-4 Drone

Blocking off all traffic on the highway, the crash landing sent up a major cloud of black smoke, leading to a barrage of 911 calls claiming to have seen a plane spark and catch fire. Tyndall has explicitly confirmed it to be a QF-4 drone, which are modified F-4 Phantoms (pictured below) meant to be used as a target for test weapons. So essentially, this is what we’re dealing with:

via A Drone Fell From the Sky and Exploded Next to a Florida Highway.

 

Parents mark anniversary of Trayvon Martin death at New York City vigil – Yahoo! News

SANFORD, Fla./NEW YORK (Reuters) – One year after the fatal Florida shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin sparked national debate about gun laws and racial profiling, his parents prepared for a solemn vigil in Manhattan on Tuesday as they continue to crusade for stricter gun laws.

Meanwhile, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Martin during an altercation, remained out of sight, preparing for the possibility of a high-profile murder trial scheduled for June in Florida.

via Parents mark anniversary of Trayvon Martin death at New York City vigil – Yahoo! News.

 

A year after Martin’s death, Sanford is healing – Yahoo! News

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — One year after the shooting of Trayvon Martin thrust this small central Florida city into the national spotlight, life in Sanford is returning to its regular rhythm.

After the death of the black 17-year-old at the hands of a neighborhood watch leader, civil rights leaders warned that Sanford risked its reputation as an upscale Mayberry and could become a 21st century version of civil rights flashpoints like Selma, Ala.

It seems Mayberry won out — at least for now. Downtown is abuzz with the activity of 1st Street shops and restaurants, not the sounds of marching protesters.

via A year after Martin’s death, Sanford is healing – Yahoo! News.

Black History – The Gullah Wars

The Gullah Wars

 

The Archaeology of Race, Shame, and Redemption « Archaeology and Material Culture

The ruins of Rosewood, Florida. First published in Literary Digest magazine on January 20, 1923 (image courtesy wikipedia).On New Year’s Day 1923 a crowd of Whites marched on the Black community of Rosewood, Florida seeking retribution for an alleged assault on a White woman by a Rosewood resident.  A group of White men captured an African American, Sam Carter, and shot him and hung his lifeless body, but by January 4th a brewing mob marched on Rosewood, angered by the suggestion Rosewood had provided refuge to Carter. 

via The Archaeology of Race, Shame, and Redemption « Archaeology and Material Culture.

 

Massacre in Cleveland: Lynch Law Was Never Repealed « Afraka

Sections of Jacksonville

Sections of Jacksonville (Photo credit: Wikipedia

In Cleveland, this week, 13 police officers, 12 whites and one Hispanic, fired 137 bullets at a Black man and woman after a high-speed car chase. No weapon was found on their bullet-riddled bodies. Community members charged the victims were lynched.

Less than two weeks before, in Jacksonville, Florida, a white man who didn’t like Black teenagers playing loud music at a gas station fired eight or nine shots at 17-year-old, unarmed, Jordan Davis, killing him. The middle-aged shooter claimed he was justified by Florida’s “stand your ground” law that allows white people to act out their fears, hatreds, or mood swings with impunity – the same claim made by another Florida gunman when he executed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin without trial or “right of appeal.”

via Massacre in Cleveland: Lynch Law Was Never Repealed « Afraka.

Like Jill Kelley, Paula Broadwell Eyes Comeback After Petraeus Scandal – The Daily Beast

 Jill Kelley

Now that Jill Kelley has broken her silence in a Daily Beast interview, the question naturally arises whether David Petraeus’s former mistress might do the same.

People familiar with her thinking tell me the answer is yes.

Broadwell plans to answer questions about the Petraeus mess in a limited way, they say, as a way of putting the sordid controversy behind her.

via Like Jill Kelley, Paula Broadwell Eyes Comeback After Petraeus Scandal – The Daily Beast.