Supreme Court Decides 'Stand Your Ground' Law Applies To Florida Police As Well
In a landslide decision, Florida police officers will now be able to enforce the state's controversial "stand your ground" law to claim self-defense according to the New York Times. The Stand Your Ground is a law passed by the Florida government in 2005 generally allowing people to stand their ground instead of retreating if they believe that doing so will "prevent death or great bodily harm," according to FindLaw.
According to Fox News 13, the judges ruled unanimously in a 7-0 vote that because the law is designed for "any person" who is acting in self-defense, that since cops are technically people, they too should be included under the protections.
Though many cops and politicians are elated about the decision, many people of color have expressed their outrage. Being that police officer rarely face punishment in racially charged shootings at the hands of law enforcement, members of Black Lives Matter have come forth to speak their minds.
“Police officers already have full immunity to kill us at will,” said Tiffany Burks, a Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward activist. “This is an extra bonus on top of that. It really is a slap in the face — a blatant one at that.”
This case was reportedly triggered by an incident in 2013, where Jermaine McBean, a mentally ill man, was shot and killed after walking down an Oakland Parkway with an unloaded rifle slug. After entering an apartment complex he was approached by three Broward County sheriff’s deputies who requested for him to drop the weapons. He was unable to hear because he was wearing headphones.
The officer maintains that Mcbean turned his gun on him, but there are witnesses supporting the notion that he never pointed the weapon in the cops direction.