Being Black In Florida
What you should know about the Stand Your Ground law
Yesterday would have been Jordan Davis’ 19th birthday, but instead he lays lifeless six-feet under after Michael Dunn, 47 killed Davis, then 17, for blasting “rap crap” as he called it. Now Dunn faces a lifetime sentence after being convicted of four other counts, however, the jury of eight whites, two blacks, an Asian and a Hispanic failed to reach a verdict on the murder charge. The case sadly echoes George Zimmerman’s trial for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. While Stand Your Ground wasn’t used by Dunn, his lawyers did argue that he fired in self-defense and now Florida is facing new calls to reform its divisive Stand Your Ground self-defense law. Here’s what you need to know:
What is the Stand Your Ground law?
A law that removes the duty to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense.
When was the law passed?
It was passed in 2005; 39-0 in the state Senate and 94-20 in the state House. Gov. Jeb Bush (R) signed it.
Who was advocating for it? Who opposed it?
The National Rifle Association lobbied for the measure, while law enforcement officials, including Miami’s police chief opposed it.
What has the results been?
In the five years after the law was passed, the rate of justifiable homicides in Florida tripled.
Keep in mind, there are many states besides Florida with laws similar to Stand Your Ground, are you living in one of them?