Time to Repeal ALEC/NRA Stand Your Ground Laws
The acquittal of George Zimmerman for killing unarmed high-schooler Trayvon Martin serves as a reminder of the continuing inequities in America’s criminal justice system — and might be the impetus to repeal a law like “Stand Your Ground,” which was adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and subsequently spread across the country. Stand Your Ground was part of the jury instructions in Zimmerman’s criminal trial, and it could again come into play if Trayvon’s family brings a civil suit.
“This is another tragedy for Black families everywhere, and another instance of how law enforcement and our criminal justice system routinely fail Black people and communities,” said Rashad Robinson, Director of Color of Change.
“What the verdict says, to the astonishment of tens of millions of us, is that you can go looking for trouble in Florida, with a gun and…
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