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By the purveyors.
Trayvon Martin’s father: The problem of social injustice “needs to be rectified”
A new documentary series explores the long-lasting consequences of the 2012 killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed and walking home in his Florida neighborhood when he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman.
No. Martin was shot as he was on top of Zimmerman, pounding his head into the sidewalk, after jumping out of the bushes and ambushing Zimmerman as he walked away.
Zimmerman was later acquitted of murder, and the case drew attention to Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, which permits the use of deadly force.
The fake news media called it Stand Your Ground. Zimmerman never invoked it, largely because it didn’t apply. Zimmerman couldn’t walk away because Martin had him down on the sidewalk, and was attempting to bash in Zimmerman’s head.
look at Markeis McGlockton [a black man shot and killed by a white man in an disagreement over a parking space]. That’s a Stand Your Ground case. This is still a major issue in America. I think we have to face it and have conversations about it.”
Despite the idiot cops, that isn’t a SYG case either. For one thing, the shooter was down on the ground; walking away wasn’t much of an option.
For another, SYG is an affirmative defense in the case of a defensive shooting. Judging by the video, there’s a very good chance that was not a clean defensive shooting, as it appears McGlockton had already backed away after pushing the shooter, and seemed to be backing and turning away when shot. In short, at that point, there appeared to be no credible continuing threat justifying the shooting.
Drawing the gun and presenting it to stop an immediate threat: fine. Shooting after the presentation did end the threat: not a defensive shooting.
A third point: SYG may not apply since the shooter entered the parking lot just to engage the victim. (He showed no indication of having parked there as a store customer; he was there to playing parking police.) Even a half-assed prosecutor could show that to be the shooter initiating the encounter, negating any self defense claim, let alone SYG.
When I saw the brief, truncated video which first aired, I thought the shooter should have been arrested, but could understand why the cops might think SYG applied. When the longer video showing the entire encounter became available to me, I knew the shooter should be charged, and the facts determined in court.
But CBS makes their own fake news facts.