Thursday, March 22, 2012
Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Martin shooting:
In the case of Martin we have--as long as there are no immediate witnesses--presumably the right to bait a fight, kill the "assailant," and then escape on self-defense. ...
What we have in Florida--and doubtlessly in other parts of the country--is the state relinquishing a crucial aspect of meting out justice. The logic here militates toward getting a gun--even for people who don't like guns. The logic incentivizes an armed citizenry where the beneficiary of justice is simply the last man standing. Your side of the story is irrelevant if you are dead.
“he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another.”
Can you literally get away with murder? Can a jury decide what "reasonably" means in the situation that led to the murder or is it the perpetrator's interpretation?
... as long as there are no immediate witnesses ...
Nah, jms. Saw him in the video released today. No blood on him anywhere, no head injuries, no broken nose (which generally makes a person bleed like a butchered hog.)
Nah, jms. Your "witness" is full of shit. The video proves it.