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Florida expands Stand Your Ground law to target protesters and alleged rioters

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The state of Florida is making headlines this week because they’ve updated their controversial Stand Your Ground law (the law that initially resulted in George Zimmerman getting away with murder.)

The Stand Your Ground law for those that don’t know is a controversial law that allows pretty much anyone to act as a police officer if they feel they’re in danger or may witness what they see as a crime. The problem with the law is that it made international headlines after George Zimmerman claimed under that law he had the right to murder a Black teenager named Trayvon Martin — who was doing nothing more than walking to and from 7-11.

But it gets worse…

As defined by Florida law: If the person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself, or another, or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or the person acts under a reasonable belief as to the necessity of force.

Now, Florida ‘s Governor Ron DeSantis has updated that law to reflect the apparent ability for people to shoot protesters and “looters” that are suspected (not proven) of having participated in any rioting/protesting in the state.

The widening of the law now (so long as it passes the rest of the legislature and it likely will) allows for anyone with a gun to shoot freely under almost any claim one could imagine. In Florda, owning a gun and being against anything “liberal” or BIPOC is sort of common.

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DeSantis did not address the concerns over wrongful deaths during his presser on Tuesday and instead quite literally told the world that immunity would be granted to those who kill protesters and so called rioters. Additionally, immunity would be granted to those that “accidentally” murder someone with their vehicle so long as it is during a protest and an alleged riot.


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By J'Marcus T. Washington II

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