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Verdict in Jordan Davis Case Highlights Continuing Injustice of "Stand Your Ground"

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  • More than two dozen states now have similar Stand Your Ground laws on the books, thanks to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or "ALEC."
  • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases

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February 17, 2014 | Once again, Florida's Stand Your Ground law has helped a man escape conviction for killing an African-American teenager.

After thirty hours of deliberations, on February 15 a Florida jury declared it could not reach a decision about whether Michael Dunn, 47, could be convicted of first degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Brendan Fischer is the Center for Media and Democracy's (CMD's) General Counsel. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School.Prior to law school, Brendan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural community in Northeastern El Salvador.

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At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground CasesNicole Flatow, Think Progress

  • Here are some of the young Florida victims.
  • Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue.

Special Report | The Tragedy of 'Stand Your Ground': Week Ending February 23, 2014

Why ‘Stand Your Ground’ Must Go!

  • 8 New items including:
    • White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman
    • Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers
    • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases
    • Bill Maher Talks Republican Racism
    • The World is Aghast Over Trayvon Martin
    • The Zimmerman Verdict And Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
    • Why ‘Stand Your Ground’ Must Go!
    • A Desired Eulogy: For Emmett, Virgil, Trayvon, and Jordan

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman, Paul Rosenberg, Salon 

  • Monday, Feb 17, 2014 | The way we talk about race remains all wrong -- and until we fix it, more young people are going to needlessly die.
  • Although Michael Dunn was found guilty of four lesser charges, his mistrial for the murder of Jordan Davis bears obvious comparison to George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin. In both cases, innocent, unarmed black teenagers were killed with impunity, with after-the-fact “explanations” that strain credulity, to say the least, while prosecutors failed to address the central role that race played in the case.

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Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers, Avery Palmer, Violence Policy Center

  • “Michael Dunn is on trial for killing a 17-year-old in a dispute over loud music, and this case is far from an isolated incident,” states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Just last month, a man with a concealed carry permit shot and killed someone who was texting in a movie theater. State policymakers are jeopardizing public safety with laws that allow virtually anyone to carry a concealed handgun, and innocent people are paying with their lives.”
  • White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman
  • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases

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At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases, Nicole Flatow, Think Progress

  • Here are some of the young Florida victims.
  • Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue.

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Bill Maher Talks Republican Racism, Huffington Post

  • "They Don't Hear What Obama Says... They Know He's Thinking 'Kill Whitey'" 
  • Maher blasted O'Reilly and the GOP for not listening to what Obama actually says. "They're saying the same thing. As if they don't hear what Obama says because they know what he's thinking. They know he's thinking 'kill whitey.'"
  • The World is Aghast Over Trayvon Martin

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Pat Bagley

The World is Aghast Over Trayvon Martin, Deborah Orr, Guardian (UK)

  • The World is Aghast Over Trayvon Martin. 
  • The US Needs to Look at Itself
  • The jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman say they acted in strict accordance with US law. That in itself speaks volumes.

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The Zimmerman Verdict And Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Justin Podur, Countercurrents.org

  • After this verdict, it is even clearer that Black people do not have a meaningful right to defend themselves in the US. 
  • If Trayvon had been the one armed, and shot Zimmerman, he would have been doomed - if he wasn't killed by police during the arrest, he would have been virtually guaranteed a guilty verdict in a trial.
  • Zimmerman saga was all about race.

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Why ‘Stand Your Ground’ Must Go! James Schlarmann, Americans Against the Tea Party

From just an optics standpoint though, clearly it doesn’t look good that a man who shot and killed a young black teenager can get off because he was “acting in self-defense,” but a black woman, fearing for her life, is now going to spend twenty years in prison for doing the same thing, except without all that “killing someone” stuff that Zimmerman did.

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A Desired Eulogy: For Emmett, Virgil, Trayvon, and Jordan, Michael W. Waters, Huffington Post

  • And while I bid sweet rest to our beautiful princes Emmett, Virgil, Trayvon and Jordan, and peace to their families, it is this cruel and corrupt system that I hope to soon eulogize.
  • Zimmerman verdict: A green light for racist vigilantes.

Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers

  • “Michael Dunn is on trial for killing a 17-year-old in a dispute over loud music, and this case is far from an isolated incident,” states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Just last month, a man with a concealed carry permit shot and killed someone who was texting in a movie theater. State policymakers are jeopardizing public safety with laws that allow virtually anyone to carry a concealed handgun, and innocent people are paying with their lives.”
  • White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman
  • At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases

Avery Palmer, Violence Policy Center

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CCWbargraphFeb2014%20670%20wide.jpg February 10 - As the trial of concealed carry permit holder Michael Dunn in the fatal shooting of teenager Jordan Davis gets underway, research shows this tragic incident is part of a nationwide trend. The Violence Policy Center (VPC) has found that individuals legally allowed to carry concealed handguns are responsible for at least 622 deaths since May 2007 — including the victims of 27 mass shootings and the killing of 14 law enforcement officers.

The VPC details these incidents in the latest update to Concealed Carry Killers, an online resource that offers examples of non-self defense killings by private citizens legally allowed to carry concealed handguns in public. 

Because there is no comprehensive recordkeeping of deaths involving concealed handgun permit holders and many states in fact bar the release of such information, the examples on the Concealed Carry Killers website are taken primarily from news reports and most likely represent a fraction of actual events.

 

michael_dunn2-620x412.jpg Michael Dunn reacts after the verdict is read in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (Credit: AP/Bob Mack)

The Violence Policy Center (VPC), a national non-profit, works to stop the annual toll (More than 30,000 Americans die in gun-related incidents.) of death and injury through research, advocacy, education, and collaboration.

Avery Palmer is Communications Director at Violence Policy Center.

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White rage and white lies: How the right’s language about race created Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman, Paul Rosenberg, Salon 

  • Monday, Feb 17, 2014 | The way we talk about race remains all wrong -- and until we fix it, more young people are going to needlessly die.
  • Although Michael Dunn was found guilty of four lesser charges, his mistrial for the murder of Jordan Davis bears obvious comparison to George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin. In both cases, innocent, unarmed black teenagers were killed with impunity, with after-the-fact “explanations” that strain credulity, to say the least, while prosecutors failed to address the central role that race played in the case.

At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases, Nicole Flatow, Think Progress  

  • Here are some of the young Florida victims.
  • Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue.

At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases

  • Here are some of the young Florida victims.
  • Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue.

Nicole Flatow, Think Progress

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February 5, 2014 | Michael Dunn stands trial this week for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis after Dunn complained that Davis was playing loud music. Dunn is expected to raise the defense that gained notoriety after the death of Trayvon Martin, Stand Your Ground. (If Martin were still alive, he would turn 19 Wednesday.)

Martin and Davis are two of at least 26 children and teens who have died in Florida Stand Your Ground cases. Stand Your Ground laws that have proliferated in at least 20 states are associated with vigilantism, authorizing violence by individuals who perceive a “reasonable” imminent threat to their life, without any duty to attempt retreat. But they have also taken the lives of a dramatic number of young victims. Out of 134 fatal Florida cases analyzed by the Tampa Bay Times in which the Stand Your Ground defense was raised or played a role, 19 percent saw the deaths of children or teens. Another 14 involved victims were 20 or 21. And another 8 teens were injured in nonfatal cases. The Tampa Bay Times last updated its database last year, and there have likely been more such deaths since.

Nicole Flatow is the Deputy Editor of ThinkProgress Justice. Previously, she was Associate Director of Communications for the American Constitution Society. Nicole has also worked for several legal and general circulation newspapers, including The Daily Record and The New York Law Journal, and was a legal fellow at Bread for the City, where she represented low-income D.C. residents in housing and public benefits matters. 

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Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue, Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press

In this October 21, 2013 file photo, a Sparks Middle School student is comforted as he cries after being released from Agnes Risley Elementary School, where some students were evacuated to after a shooting, in Sparks, Nev.  (AP Photo - Kevin Clifford)

  • February 02, 2014 | There's been no real reduction in the number of U.S. school shootings despite increased security put in place after the rampage at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.
  • In Pennsylvania and New Mexico, Colorado and Tennessee, and elsewhere, gunfire has echoed through school hallways, and killed students or their teachers in some cases. "Lockdown" is now part of the school vocabulary.
  • An Associated Press analysis finds that there have been at least 11 school shootings this academic year alone, in addition to other cases of gun violence, in school parking lots and elsewhere on campus, when classes were not in session.

Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald | The NSA's Secret Role in the US Assassination Program

  • The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes - an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
  • Obama White House targeting American for drone murder

Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

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9493-drone-mountains-sky-041713.jpg Scahill and Greenwald: 'The agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies.' (photo: file)

10 Feb 2014 | The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.

Jeremy Scahill is an investigative reporter and war correspondent. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill has served as the National Security Correspondent for The Nation Magazine and Democracy Now!

Glenn Greenwald  is an American columnist, blogger, and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for Salon.com from 2007 to 2012.

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abdulrahman-al-aulaki.jpg 16-year-old Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, who the Obama administration has admitted to killing in a drone strike.

Obama White House targeting American for drone murder, Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site

  • 11 February 2014 | Unnamed “senior US officials” have told the Associated Press that the Obama administration is “wrestling with whether to kill [a US citizen] with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy.”
  • This extraordinary AP report publicly announces and justifies a drone assassination of an American citizen before it takes place. It has all the hallmarks of a deliberately orchestrated leak. Its evident aim is to lend a veneer of “transparency” and legality to a conspiratorial and unconstitutional program of state murder, all the better to institutionalize it as a permanent arm of dictatorial presidential power.

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