Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Origins of Michigan's 'Stand Your Ground' law

Detroit’s Future Could Depend on Stand Your Ground: "In adopting the provision, lawmakers cited the recent increase in home invasions, and also a case from 1925, in which the home of a black doctor named Ossian Sweet was surrounded by angry white men, one of whom was killed by shots fired from the house. A jury found the doctor innocent, since he was defending his home. You likely won’t hear much about that precedent in today’s overheated debate."

This is one of many pieces of evidence that the people with the most to lose from a successful repeal of state stand-your-ground laws would be blacks.

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