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In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, Eric Holder addressed the NAACP. During his speech he denounced “stand your ground” laws.
“There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the ‘if’ is important — if no safe retreat is available. But we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the common sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat, outside their home, if they can do so safely.
By allowing — and perhaps encouraging — violent situations to escalate in public — such laws undermine public safety. The list of resulting tragedies is long and, unfortunately, has victimized too many who are innocent.
“It is our collective obligation. We must ‘stand our ground’ to ensure that our laws reduce violence and take a hard look at laws that contribute to more violence than they prevent.”
Let us not delude ourselves- he means “white people have a duty to retreat.” And, of course, white Hispanics.
Never mind that at least 21 states have “Stand your ground” laws.
Never mind that “Stand your ground” laws disproportionately favor minorities.
What Holder says is that should you find yourself outside your home and you see assailants entering your home where your spouse and kids are, you need to retreat.
And what he really means is white people must retreat. And Roderick Scott is why.
Scott said on April 4, he was sleeping on the couch, because he and his girlfriend had a disagreement. In the early morning he awoke and heard voices. He looked out the front door to see what was going on outside.
He testified he saw three individuals who were in his driveway, saw them walk out and cross the street, then walk up to a neighbor’s vehicle, pulling on the latch and handles of the neighbor’s truck. He then went upstairs, told his girlfriend Tracy that someone was breaking into a vehicle, and told her to call 911. He grabbed his pistol, for which he has a permit, “to protect myself” then went outside.
Scott said his intent was “to stop or detain the criminals,” not to shoot anyone. He walked down the driveway and over to 39 Baneberry Way. He saw one person standing on a sidewalk, and some rummaging going on inside a vehicle, which had the dome light on.
At that point, Scott testified he pulled his handgun out of the holster, and chambered a round. “I wanted to protect myself and I intended to,” Scott said.
He walked toward the individual, who started to walk away toward Manitou Road. He did not tell that individual to stop. It’s believed that individual was Brian Hopkins.
At this point, Scott was a foot or so off the sidewalk, and he saw someone rustling around inside the vehicle at 39 Baneberry. He testified he clearly saw two individuals. He drew his pistol and assumed the a shooter’s stance. “I didn’t know what I was up against, or if they were armed,” Scott said.
He told the individuals to stop, that his girlfriend had called 911, and that he had a gun. The individuals stopped, and a few seconds passed. Scott says the teens were talking, then one of them ran around the front of the truck. The other ran down the driveway toward him, screaming. Scott warned him he had a gun, then shot him.
He assumed the boy may have been armed.
“I felt if he got to me he would try to kill me or hurt me,” Scott testified.
After the shooting, Scott said Cervini, who was running at him, kept running, passed by him, and fell face-first onto the ground.
This is an Attorney General of the United States who is occupied primarily with what he calls “my people.”
There was no Holder outburst against “Stand your ground” laws following the Cervini shooting. There was no DOJ investigation into the possible violation of Cervini’s civil rights.
There was no Holder saying the Cervini shooting was “unncessary.”
There was no Obama saying “If I had a son he would look like Christopher Cervini.” There was no Obama saying “Thirty five years ago Christopher Cervini could have been me.”
There was no sympathy for the pain white America was feeling. That is, America might have felt such pain had the Cervini death been transformed into the galactic event the Trayvon Martin shooting became.
As I have already said, if you don’t look like you could be Obama’s son or one of Holder’s people you are screwed.
I am unable to find any reports of death threats against Roderick Scott and it’s a good thing if he’s able to live a reasonably normal life. George Zimmerman pulls a family from an overturned SUV and the family is afraid even appear in public for fear they will become the targets of hate mobs. Obama did promise to transform this country and this is what it has come down to. Floridians believe that race relations are worse since Barack Obama took office.