Sanford Police Chief: Neighborhood Watch Volunteers Don’t Need Guns

The town’s police chief urges neighborhood watch volunteers not to carry guns.

Nearly two years ago, an unarmed 17-year-old Black teenager — who was walking back to his father’s house after buying a snack at the local 7-Eleven — was followed and, despite police instructions against it, eventually accosted by an armed 26-year-old local neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the teen dead 70 yards from his house. The incident

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Racial Bias Highlighted As Court Demands Retrial Of Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case

The original trial wrongfully placed the burden of proof on the Black defendant in a self-defense case, an appellate court has ruled.

In Florida, a recent state appellate court decision is forcing open the conversation of the fair application of “stand your ground” laws. In May 2012, Marissa Alexander, a mother of three who had just given birth to her third child a week before the incident in question, fired a “warning shot” into the wall after a physical altercation with her

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What The Zimmerman Verdict Tells Blacks In America: Black Children Are Not Children

Black children, especially boys, are viewed as problems to be solved rather than potential to be released or promises to be fulfilled.

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The news that’s being reported from every corner of the media is the rallies involving thousands of citizens across the country in the aftermath of the not-guilty-on-all-counts verdict in the Zimmerman trial. As much as this writer absolutely hates to appear to be jumping on the proverbial bandwagon, there are some stories that transcend that

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After The Zimmerman Verdict, It’s Full Steam Ahead For ALEC And ‘Stand Your Ground’

The American Legislative Executive Council is responsible for the Florida law and continues to work closely with conservative lawmakers and corporations.

The recent acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges related to the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin sent shockwaves through the U.S., applauded by some and vociferously protested by others. In the wake of the jury’s dismissal of all charges, Rev. Al Sharpton has called for a national day of action across 100 cities on Saturday, demanding

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In Florida, Not All ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defendants Are Created Equal

Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in jail after the Black woman fired a warning shot into the wall of her home.

Outrage over George Zimmerman’s acquittal has continued this week, especially after Rev. Jesse Jackson called the public’s attention to another “stand your ground” case that he called a “travesty” of justice. Statistics compiled by the Tampa Bay Times, with the help of the conservative blog the Daily Caller, found that Black defendants in Florida

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Obama Calls For Calm As Thousands Protest George Zimmerman’s Acquittal

As protests at Zimmerman’s acquittal broke out, President Obama urged Americans to reflect on how they could prevent another death like Martin’s.

Thousands of people took to the streets across the United States on Sunday to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, prompting President Barack Obama to call for "calm reflection." Demonstrators in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities demanded "Justice for Trayvon" after a jury on

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