Monday, March 26, 2012

Wear a hoodie for Trayvon tonight

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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Hoosiers will march and rally for Trayvon Martin from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. tonight, March 26, here in Indianapolis. The march will run from the American Legion Mall-North Pennsylvania Street and to Monument Circle.

"This tragedy has created an outrage and a demand for Justice all around the world," rally organizers said in a news release this weekend.

"We, as Indianapolis citizens will take a stand and be a voice because Trayvon is depending on us.


Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old Florida high school student, was shot to death on Feb. 26 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense and the attendant legal protections, has not been charged in the Feb. 26 shooting.

The case is enflaming wide-spread criticism of a Florida law that allows its citizens to shoot people perceived as threats.

Nationwide rallies draw attention to the racial implications of Zimmerman's characterizing the black, hoodie-wearing teenager as a threat despite any evidence the youth, who was talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone at the time he was shot, had done anything at all aggressive, much less worthy of on-the-spot execution.

The so-called "Stand Your Ground" law, known in other circles as "Shoot First," permits citizens to respond with deadly force in situations where they feel acute threat.

Indiana code allows similar latitude as to when a citizen may unleash deadly force without legal ramification. Here is an excerpt:

IC 35-41-3-2
Use of force to protect person or property
Sec. 2. (a) A person is justified in using reasonable force against another person to protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person:
(1) is justified in using deadly force; and
(2) does not have a duty to retreat;
if the person reasonably believes that that force is necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the person or a third person or the commission of a forcible felony. No person in this state shall be placed in legal jeopardy of any kind whatsoever for protecting the person or a third person by reasonable means necessary.

The complete statute is available online.

A petition is being circulated to rally support for Zimmerman's prosecution.

Local activists are tracking response efforts on Facebook.

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