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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights member: ‘Stand Your Ground’ responsible for Zimmerman acquittal

by Dara Kam | July 16th, 2013

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights member Michael Yaki, who initiated the federal panel’s investigation into racial bias and stand your ground laws, blamed George Zimmerman’s acquittal on Florida’s first-in-the-nation law giving allowing people to use deadly force without retreating if they feel their lives are in danger.

Zimmerman’s lawyers argued that the neighborhood watch volunteer shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense after the unarmed black teenager attacked him. Zimmerman was following Martin in a townhome community in Sanford.

Yaki, who once worked for U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, issued the following statement this morning:

While the jury has spoken, the fact remains that an unarmed young man, with his whole future ahead of him, was killed by a gun. It is my personal belief that Florida’s Stand Your Ground, coupled with easy access to guns, was a largely responsible for this tragedy. But notwithstanding my personal feelings, the Trayvon Martin case opened up a nationwide inquiry into the appropriateness and efficacy of Stand Your Ground laws, and the US Commission on Civil Rights will pursue this investigation wherever it leads. To honor Trayvon and his family we will continue this inquiry with resolve and renewed purpose.

The Justice Department is reviewing the case, and the NAACP has gathered nearly 1 million petitions demanding that Zimmerman be charged with a federal hate crime.

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20 Responses to “U.S. Commission on Civil Rights member: ‘Stand Your Ground’ responsible for Zimmerman acquittal”

  1. inappropriate Says:

    Trayvon’s racial hatred for crazy a$$ cracker’s and drugs in his system led him to attack Mr. Zimmerman, who, as a neighborhood watch member, was within is right to WATCH Trayvon.

    When Trayvon attacked Mr. Zimmerman, or in Trayvon’s racist words – the crazy a$$ cracker – he became the agressor and therefore escalated the situation.

    Mr. Zimmerman, who was know for mentoring minorities, was made out to be a racist by a news network that will likely be paying large sums of money for said acts.

  2. Repubtallygirl Says:

    Stand Your Ground was never used in this case.
    What an idiot.

  3. David J. Says:

    Has Michael Yaki read the stand your ground law? I doubt it or he would realize tha there was not a case for stand your ground. The second thing he should do is to read the trial transcripts and count the number of times the law was mentioned. That would be zero.

    Finally, the law never applied here and never should have applied. However, if I am in fear of my life or my family’s life no or no law I am going to protect myself and worry about the consequences later.

    End of Story Yaki!

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  6. stevereenie Says:

    Repubtallygirl is EXACTLY right. Stand your ground wasn’t even applicable in this case and it was never introduced as a defense. Self-Defense was introduced and is available in 50 States and 196 countries.

    This shows how ignorant the opponents of Zimmerman are and the idiocy of the loony left. They do not have the academic cojones to engage this debate.

    You got to laugh at the uninformed idiots running around….thanks to Obama and the media (especially CBS for altering the transcript to make this a case about racism…and I’ll add successfully….which is why they will lose $20 million in that lawsuit brought by Zimmerman)

  7. Bob W. Says:

    That Michael Yaki is another retarded political panderer. “Stand Your Ground” only related to the Zimmerman case as a figment of certain stupid, craven reporters’ imaginations.

  8. Una Paloma Blanca-a-ah!! Says:

    Another political ploy by the bloated federal government.
    Our taxes are paying this guys salary ! ? ! ? !

  9. Anonymous Says:

    1) the right of self defense was invoked during the trial, and Florida’s self defense statute IS a stand your ground statute for all you brilliant attorneys.

    2) Yaki has not only read Florida’s laws, he has studied the laws from all stand your ground states thoroughly for the past year, as well as studies from the Urban Institutes justice policy center, Texas A& M university and other sources which have reviewed the data. So he’s pbobably better informed on this topic than any of you geniuses.

  10. Sign of the times Says:

    Yet another political agenda taking advantage of the media hype.
    What part of the trial by jury process don’t these folks understand?

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