Law of Self Defense  (Page 1)

The unarmed perpetrator

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:30am 8/12/2015 at 8:30am
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Here’s an excellent article on the plight of the unarmed perpetrator, by John Hinderaker. Here’s an excerpt:

This is the point I really want to make: the constant emphasis on police shootings of *unarmed* men that we see in the press is, f...

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Sam DuBose Shooting: Let’s Go to the Video Tape

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 5:55pm 7/29/2015 at 5:55pm
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On July 19, just 10 days ago, UC police officer Ray Tensing shot and killed motorist Sam DuBose in the course of a traffic stop, according to reports by CNN and others. Today, prosecutor Joe Deters announced that Officer Tensing had been indicted for murder in the killing.

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Sandra Bland Arrest: Another Lesson in Non-Compliance

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 24, 2015 at 4:00pm 7/24/2015 at 4:00pm
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So there’s another notable arrest in the news, that of black woman Sandra Bland by white Texas patrol officer, and thus we have yet another “teachable moment” in non-compliance to lawful police orders. (Note that I address here only Bland’s arrest–I’ve no particular insight into her death three days later while in custody.  Also, I...

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Two Years after Zimmerman Acquittal, Stand-Your-Ground Still in News

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:15am 7/14/2015 at 10:15am
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It’s hard to believe, but this week marks the two-year anniversary of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, on trial for second degree murder and other charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin. You can read more about it at Unexpected thanks to Legal Insurrection on 2nd Anniversary of Zimmerman Acquittal.

It is timely, then,...

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Stand Your Ground – Watch this video, and learn yourself something

(Defense attorney Mark O'Mara during Zimmerman trial)
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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 7:00pm 6/21/2015 at 7:00pm
(Defense attorney Mark O'Mara during Zimmerman trial)

As our readers know, Andrew Branca is THE expert on self-defense and Stand Your Ground law. He also has a great deal of knowledge about 2nd Amendment and gun control issues.

What you might not recall, is that Andrew originally was a commenter at Legal Insurrection. In the run up to the...

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Video Analysis: McKinney Brawl Another Rush to Misjudgment?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 8, 2015 at 9:15pm 6/8/2015 at 9:15pm
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If you hadn’t already heard the internet roar, there is outrage brewing at the use-of-force by police in McKinney, Texas.

The biggest driver of outrage appears to be a ~13 minute cell phone video.

Here’s that video in its entirety, but I call out specific relevant portions below if you don’t want to sit through...

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Madison, WI: No Charges in Police Shooting of Tony Robinson

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:28pm 5/12/2015 at 5:28pm
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We first wrote about the shooting of Tony Robinson (black) by Police Officer Matt Kenny (white) way back in March of this year.

Back then our angle on the story was to shine the light of reality on the increasingly popular meme of “white cop shoots unarmed young black man for no damn good reason”...

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Analyzing Wisconsin police shooting of unarmed Black teen

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:25pm 3/8/2015 at 3:25pm
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Stop me if you’ve heard seen this one before: the now tiresome and wholly predictable cycle of news coverage when a white police officer shoots and kills an unarmed black teenager:

Step 1: Build the false narrative. Mainstream media outlets report that a police officer has shot an unarmed black teenager, and provide...

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Suspect Shot While Grabbing for Cop’s Gun (Los Angeles Edition)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 4:45pm 3/3/2015 at 4:45pm
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This “standing headline” is becoming so ubiquitous it ought to be formally recognized as an internet meme.

A robbery suspect, identified in the CNN report simply as “Africa” or “Brother Africa” was being arrested by four LAPD officers yesterday in Los Angeles.  He was violently non-compliant, as evidence by the video below and by eye witness...

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Zimmerman Trial Redux: Busting the Myths Again

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 4:00pm 2/26/2015 at 4:00pm
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I suppose it’s to be expected that on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad victim selection day we would get to enjoy a resurgence of the many false narratives surrounding Martin’s attack on George Zimmerman, Zimmerman’s self-defense, the circus of Sharpton-led protests, the politically-driven prosecution, and the...

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Charges Dropped Against NJ Teacher Caught with Flintlock

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:00pm 2/25/2015 at 7:00pm
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The Press of Atlantic City reports that gun charges brought against a retired NJ school teacher in possession of a flintlock pistol have been dropped. (h/t @LyndaCohen)

Cumberland County prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announced that she will use prosecutorial discretion to decline to prosecute Gordon Van Gilder. She offered no fur...

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Dunn Juror Doubles Down on Premeditation Standard

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11:00am 2/17/2015 at 11:00am
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Wayne Davis, the jury foreman in the Michael Dunn re-trial that found Dunn guilty of the first-degree murder of Jordan Davis, was interviewed for the first time this past week by News4Jax.

Remember Dunn? He’s the one charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The State believed...

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Charged or Not? MA Woman Shoots Attackers Who Kicked in Door

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 5:30pm 2/15/2015 at 5:30pm
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It has long been standard prosecutorial practice in Massachusetts to put any use of deadly force in claimed self-defense in front of a jury.  The attitude of prosecutors is that it might have been lawful self-defense, but it might not have been, so they’re going to m...

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Black Panther leader trains with police, has a change of heart

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 9, 2015 at 1:15pm 2/9/2015 at 1:15pm
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Houston area Black Panther leader, Quanell X, is changing his tune after training with the Missouri City Police Department.

Quanell X is Houston’s own personal Al Sharpton. Wherever an incident can be construed as race-related, Quanell X is there with his activists, rambling to local news crews about the violence...

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Body Cam Video may exonerate white OK officer in shooting black suspect

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 11:15am 1/25/2015 at 11:15am
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Thanks to a tip from commenter Gremlin1974 right here on Legal Insurrection I was directed to this relatively high-quality body camera footage of a police officer engaging a suspect with gunfire, following the suspect pointing a pistol at the officer.

Further details of the event were reported by local news station

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VIDEO: Dashcam captures NJ police shooting of black man

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:45am 1/22/2015 at 10:45am
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The Bridgeton NJ police department has released dash camera video of the shooting of violent felon Jerame Reid by two of its police officers during a traffic stop, reports NBC 4 news in New York.  Both Reid and the officer who first shot him, Behame Days, are black.  Days’ partner, Officer...

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Police critic shoots first, asks questions later

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:00am 1/10/2015 at 7:00am
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Via Bearing Arms (h/t Rebel Pundit):

In his Twitter profile, Reverend Jarrett Maupin describes himself as a, “Progressive Baptist Preacher. Civil Rights Campaigner. Radical Political Activist.”

He’s led numerous civil rights protests in Arizona, including recent protests of the death of Rumain Brisbon, a suspected drug dealer, at the hands of Phoenix police.

The...

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