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Sen. Schumer presses DOJ to probe ‘stand your ground’ laws
By Ben Geman
“I am sending a letter to the Justice Department to ask them to expand their investigation into the general application of these ‘stand your ground’ laws, whether they actually increase, rather than decrease, violence, and whether they actually prevent law enforcement from prosecuting cases where a real crime has been committed,” said Schumer, a senior Democrat who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The late February shooting of Martin, an unarmed African American teenager, near Orlando has focused new attention on Florida’s 2005 “stand your ground” statute and similar laws enacted in many other states.
The Florida law allows a person attacked in a place where they have a “right to be” the license to “stand his or her ground” and use deadly force, rather than retreat, if they “reasonably” believe it’s necessary to prevent death or serious harm.