Stand Your Ground Law: The Trayvon Martin Case

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Adrian J. Escobar Escobar 1 English 114/ Mr. Degnan May 13, 2012 Final Essay Trayvon Martin, who was a 17 year old Africa American, was shot and killed February 26th 2012 while walking through a gated community in Sanford, Florida his accused killer. George Zimmerman, who has a Hispanic mother and a white father, told police he acted in self-defense and did not get arrested or charged with homicide. While on a private errand, Zimmerman saw Martin walking inside the gated community where Martin was, Zimmerman called the Sanford Police Department to report Martin's behavior as suspicious. Shortly afterwards, there was an altercation, which ended with Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin once in the chest. Florida has…show more content…
In which I believe that the Stand Your Ground law should be rewritten to be more restrictive. Joe Palazzoio and Rob Barry acknowledge the fact that “at this time when the overall US homicide rate is declining, more civilians are killing each other and claiming its self-defense” the stand your ground law is issued in 25 states that are in some ways similar and or different. “So called” justifiable homicide nearly doubled from 2000-2010 as Palazzoio and Barry said in their article “More Killings Called self-defense”. James Alan fox, a professor of criminology at northeastern university, said that difference “is certainly, on the face of it, something that needs to be explored.” he noted that “it is difficult to draw conclusions without deeper study. This in…show more content…
Those who criticize the Stand Your Ground Law sees it as a license to kill. “The law gives prosecutors fewer factors to consider when determining self-defense.” The Stand Your Ground law makes it hard to find the true meaning between self-defense and murder if evidence isn’t present. How I view this optimistically, had Trayvon been the person holding the gun this would not had made a nationwide epidemic and not giving the chance to defend himself with the Stand your ground laws which brings back the racial profiling, which Ben Crump made the same assumption to Trayvon’s Parents about if “Trayvon Martin had been the trigger man they would have arrested him that exact moment with chance of no
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