Monday, July 15, 2013

'Stand Your Ground' Apparently Only Applies To Non-Black People In Florida

I had a rant building in me once I heard the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. And it grew stronger when I learned that the evidence in the case was being released and that George Zimmerman would get back his gun murder weapon. And it reached a boiling point when Robert Zimmerman, George’s brother who wants to coattail on the case for his fifteen minutes of fame, suggested to CNN that he was sorry that Trayvon Martin had ‘lost’ his life; I wanted to reach into my TV, grab Robert Zimmerman by the throat and remind him that Trayvon didn’t lose his life, his life was TAKEN by George Zimmerman. His life was taken from him.

I had a rant. I had rage. And then I heard this: 

Also down in Florida, Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, was trying to defend herself from an abusive husband and grabbed a gun and fired warning shots inside her home to scare him away.

She was tried and, on May 19th of this year, was sentenced to twenty years in prison for doing so.

She killed no one. She was in her home. She was trying to get her abusive husband to leave by firing the gun, not at him, but near him. And she’s going to jail.

Oh yeah, Marissa Alexander is a black woman.

Alexander had hoped Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law--which states that the victim of a crime does not have to attempt to run for safety and can immediately retaliate in self-defense--would apply to her because she was defending herself against her allegedly abusive husband when she fired warning shots inside her home in August 2010. She told police it was to escape a brutal beating by her husband, against whom she had already taken out a protective order.

Alexander was convicted of attempted murder after she rejected a plea deal for a three-year prison sentence. She said she did not believe she did anything wrong. Under Florida's mandatory minimum sentencing requirements Alexander could have received a lesser sentence, even though she has never been in trouble with the law before, but Judge Daniel said the law did not allow for extenuating or mitigating circumstances to reduce the sentence below the 20-year minimum.

Alexander was denied a new trial after appealing to the judge to reconsider her case based on Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law; her attorney argued that she was clearly defending herself and should not have to spend the next two decades behind bars.

But she's going to jail.

Marissa Alexander was in her own home, trying to protect herself from a man she’d said had beaten her before, from a man whom she had a protective order against, and she fired her gun to scare him away.

And she gets twenty years.

George Zimmerman was outside his home, and saw a young black man walking down the street that he didn’t think should have been in his neighborhood. Against the advice of police—whom Zimmerman called—he followed Trayvon Martin. A scuffle ensued and George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin through the heart.

And he gets off.

No justice.

No peace.

6 comments: said...

This situation is disgusting. The State of Florida is perplexing. Those six women were wrong.

the dogs' mother said...

Even though they didn't use 'stand your ground' in the Z. case, maybe her lawyer can get her case overturned in light of this current verdict.

Anonymous said...

I know some of you like Miami Beach, but I'd be happy if someone took that Bugs Bunny gif of him sawing off Florida from the rest of the country and made it real.

Ron said...

I knew about this woman who got 20 years for trying to defend herself. What happened this weekend in Sanford Florida by the jury decision in deciding George Zimmerman was "innocent" in the killing of Trayvon Martin was an travesty of justice. However, it should have come as no surprise that a white man who killed a black teenager was let off by an almost all white jury in the South. What was I thinking that this trial was legitimate? This was a show trial and all should have known that from the beginning of this so called "trial." We may have fooled ourselves that we have come a long way in justice for minorities in this country and this weekend's verdict on the "innocence" of George Zimmerman proves it. And the final atrocity is that Zimmerman gets his gun back. Zimmerman may have gotten away with murder this weekend but for the rest of his life he will have the blood of a truly innocent human being on his soul.

viktor kerney said...

I can't with all of this, but seeing the people protest against this gave me hope

Belinda J said...

This is sad. I just hope that there will be more case that will reach the right justice. I just hope that the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law will be reviewed or revised if there are necessary things to straighten out. Nobody deserves to die in violence of a gun whether one is White, Negro or other race.