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US State ‘Shoot first’ law under scrutiny

March 23, 2012

If you haven’t read this story, it’s here  “In a recording of a 911 call released by police, Mr Zimmerman, in his truck, tells a dispatcher that a “real suspicious guy” who “looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs” was walking through the neighbourhood. 
Mr Zimmerman, 28, can be heard huffing and puffing as though he is running, and he tells the dispatcher he is following the person. The dispatcher says: “OK, we don’t need you to do that.”
Seconds later, a confrontation and a struggle ensued, and a shot was fired. Trayvon Martin, 17, was struck in the chest and died.
Mr Zimmerman was detained and questioned by the local police department, then released without charges. He told police Martin had started the fight and that he shot in self-defence.”

I couldn’t believe that a first-world country could allow one man to kill another without being subject to arrest, investigation and trial.

Since when is it OK to execute someone for walking on ‘your’ street? An armed policeman might have got out of his car and asked the young man what he was doing in the neighbourhood but he wouldn’t have shot him – would he?

So, armed vigilantes in states such as Florida can basically shoot anyone they like, provided they tell the police he was a threat and they shot in self-defence.

It’s uncivilised. It’s disgusting. It should be beneath the dignity of any community of sane people.

I wonder if the same rule applies to a black vigilante shooting a white person in a black neighbourhood?

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