Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law has been at the center of the Trayvon Martin case because former neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, 28, claims that he acted in self-defense and, under the law, he had every right to meet force with force.
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The nation watched as Zimmerman strolled into court Friday morning and was granted a low bail of $150,000 by Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester – after he offered Sybrina Fulton and Tracey Martin a half-hearted apology for killing their unarmed 17-year-old son.
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Unfortunately, “Stand Your Ground” doesn’t work nearly as well to protect abused Black women — just vigilante neighborhood watch captains with violent criminal records.
On August 1, 2010, Marissa Alexander was in the fight of her life against an abusive husband who, according to her, had every intention of killing her. Today, she awaits trail on three counts of of aggravated assault with no intent to harm, and faces a minimum 20 years in prison. The judge in the case dismissed Alexander’s motion to receive immunity under the “Stand Your Ground,” and she is struggling to get her story heard.
Hear from Marissa in her own words:
On August 1 2010, my premature baby girl, born nine days earlier, was in the Baptist South N.I.C.U. fighting for her life and I would too be fighting for my life in my own home against an attack from my husband.