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Stand Your Ground Law States

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Published on Mar 24, 2012

Via Think Progress: "The Sanford Police maintain that Zimmerman's conduct was legally justified under Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" legislation, enacted in 2005. The law eliminated the duty to avoid a confrontation and authorized the use of deadly force if there is a "reasonable belief" it is necessary to "prevent death or great bodily harm." Since the shooting on February 26, facts have emerged that suggest there may have been a racial element to Zimmerman's violent conduct against a 17-year-old African-American. Zimmerman called the police to report Martin's "suspicious" behavior, which he described as "just walking around looking about." Zimmerman was a very frequent caller to 911, almost always reporting young black men. Seven years ago, opponents of the "Stand Your Ground" legislation predicted it could lead to racially motivated killings...".* The Young Turks host breaks it down, including the role of ALEC and their influence on politicians.

* http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012...

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2012/03/n...

http://www.thenation.com/blog/166978/...

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