Stand Your Ground Law

Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls | Kali Nicole Gross

When Justice fails again. Marissa Alexander is goes back to jail after courts add new charges forcing her to accept a plea bargain. An additional 65 days or 60 years in jail. She has accepted the plea but has the nation failed this woman and others? Where was the NAACP?Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls | Kali Nicole Gross

Just as Wilson walked free of charges despite having shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Marissa Alexander, the battered black woman initially sentenced to 20 years in prison in Florida for firing an alleged warning shot into the ceiling of her home as her abusive ex-husband allegedly threatened her despite a restraining order against him, headed back to jail to serve an additional 65 days on top of the three years she has already served. Alexander accepted a plea deal in the face of new charges filed against her, charges that would have amounted to 60 years in prison had she been convicted.

via Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls | Kali Nicole Gross.

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.