George Zimmerman http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's 'stand your ground' law mirrors Florida law more than any other state http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-stand-your-ground-law-mirrors-florida-law-more-any-other-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A much debated issue surrounding the </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/13/201918229/judge-to-zimmerman-you-have-no-further-business-with-the-court" style="line-height: 1.5;">George Zimmerman case&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was Florida's "stand your</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> ground" law</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which grants immunity to an individual who uses deadly force as a mode of self-protection.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">States that adopt "stand your ground" laws generally indicate a person has no duty to retreat if they feel unlawfully threatened by another individual, regardless of where the person is.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you use deadly force against someone when you feel unlawfully threatened by them, you are protected under these state laws.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to a think tank called the</span><a href="http://sunlightfoundation.com/about/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Sunlight Foundation</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a non-profit group promoting government transparency, what Michigan's "stand your ground" law says is almost&nbsp;<a href="http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2012/03/28/10-states-copied-floridas-stand-your-ground-law/">identical to Florida's law.</a>&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:38:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13539 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's 'stand your ground' law mirrors Florida law more than any other state The Zimmerman trial: A case of race and guns http://michiganradio.org/post/zimmerman-trial-case-race-and-guns <p></p><p>Eighteen years ago, I was teaching a large “survey of the media” class at Wayne State University when word came that there was a verdict in the O.J. Simpson case. I put television on.</p><p>This was a Wayne State University class with almost equal numbers of black and white students. When it was announced that OJ had been acquitted of the murders of his wife and her friend, the reaction seemed almost Pavlovian.</p><p>The white students were openly disgusted. The black ones, pleased. Times have changed. Today, we have a black President.&nbsp;</p><p>But my guess is that if I had been teaching a similar class when the Trayvon Martin verdict was announced, I would have seen something like a mirror image. Certainly the African-Americans would have been outraged; though I am not sure the white students would have been all that pleased with George Zimmerman’s acquittal.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:03:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13526 at http://michiganradio.org The Zimmerman trial: A case of race and guns 'Justice for Trayvon': Detroiters protest in honor of Trayvon Martin http://michiganradio.org/post/justice-trayvon-detroiters-protest-honor-trayvon-martin <p>"How many people believe today that there shouldn't be another Trayvon Martin?" Ron Scott asked a crowd through a megaphone.</p><p>This was the opening question to a rally <span style="line-height: 1.5;">on the corner of W. Adams and Woodward Ave. in Eastern Detroit Sunday evening to honor </span>Trayvon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Martin.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Martin was an unarmed black teenager who was shot last year by George Zimmerman, a Hispanic neighborhood watch&nbsp; volunteer. Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday of a second degree murder charge in the case. A jury determined Zimmerman shot Martin in self defense. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span></p><p>The rally was organized primarily by the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, but had support from many other organizations, including the Detroit branch of the NAACP and the Green Party.&nbsp;</p><p>On the base of a statue, several people spoke to about 100 people, including Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 04:02:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13524 at http://michiganradio.org 'Justice for Trayvon': Detroiters protest in honor of Trayvon Martin