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  •  Then the police and prosecutors are the problem. (1+ / 0-)
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    Any power that government amasses will not be relinquished and any right we give up we give up forever.

    by oldpunk on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 09:02:51 AM PDT

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    •  In THIS case ... "well, yeah!" (0+ / 0-)

      And it looks like Sandford Police Chief  Bill Lee will probably be thrown to the Media over it.  And in return the Media will not make a big deal over the fact that the Sandford PD has some institutional history of racial brutality, itself.

      But it was neither the Police  nor the Prosecutors'  that crafted, promoted and passed this law.

      Seven years ago this was a VERY POPULAR law with licensed handgun owners  ... and no sooner did Florida enact it but 21 copycat state legislatures passed THEIR versions.

      There were cooler heads who argued that Stand Your Ground WOULD have some undesired (but not unexpected) consequences.  They were shouted down as Left Liberal Girlie-Men and Anti-Liberty Gun Haters.

      So yeah.  This time the police/prosecutor establishment was customarily blatant about siding with the white vigilante over the black teenager ...

      But isn't the option to do that when called for what everyone loved about the law in the first place ?

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