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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:45 PM

Commission on Civil Rights to Investigate "Stand Your Ground" Laws

Many have observed that Stand Your Ground Laws are racist in their intent and application. The Congressional Black Caucus is pressing to have the laws struck down, and now the US Commission on Civil Rights is conducting an investigation into the role race and racism plays in those laws.

This is just one more example of how the effects of US gun policy are racist since African Americans, and African-American young men in particular, are the principal victims of gun violence, while the NRA membership and the overwhelming majority of gun activists are white.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has approved an investigation into the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. The organization will decide whether the law that 24 states currently follow, has racial bias.

Focus was put on the law following the killing of Trayvon Martin by former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February 2012. He was not arrested immediately after the incident and later plead self-defense, citing the "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force in instances where they feel threatened.

The commission evenly split between Republicans and Democrats voted 5-3 to launch the investigation on Friday. Democratic Commissioner Michael Yaki has been pushing the investigation, which may cost close to $100,000 to carry out.

"We're going to take our own cut at it, go down, dig through records at the district attorney, police level and other things, and start going through ... to see whether or not, as some people suspect, that there is bias in the assertion or the denial of Stand Your Ground, depending on the race of the victim or the race of the person asserting the defense," Yaki told The Huffington Post.

Zimmerman waived his right to seek immunity under the "Stand Your Ground" law at a hearing in April. His lawyer Mark O'Mara says he may seek immunity later. Zimmerman, who goes to trial on June 10, pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charges.


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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:53 PM

1. It's about time! nt


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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:53 PM

2. K & R!

Another trickle of sanity from a crack in the dam of obscene NRA-sponsored gun legislation.

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