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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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New Trial for Man Who Video Recorded Own “Self-Defense” Shooting

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:48am 12/19/2014 at 11:48am
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A Texas Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Houston man, Raul Rodriguez, convicted in 2012 of murder for the shooting death of a neighbor, Kelly Danaher, in 2010, on the grounds of defective jury instructions on self-defense, according to reports by ABC news and other news agencies.  (A full-length...

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Three Weird Myths About Marissa Alexander That People Think Are True

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:35am 10/11/2014 at 10:35am
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Marissa Alexander was back in the news, as her lawyers try to preclude state prosecutors from getting truthful but damaging evidence against her before the jury (details on this below). With her trial now only about 6 weeks away, the misinformation machinery will be spinning up to top speed. As a...

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Jr. High Hate Crimes: Self-defense limitations still apply

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:15pm 10/10/2014 at 1:15pm
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It all started when an 8th grader decided to wear his mother’s wig to school as a joke.

What could go wrong?

Apparently, a great deal. By the end of the day that awesome judgment call had cost the wig wearer an eye, within weeks leading to a juvenile hate crime conviction on...

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Debunking “Don’t talk to police”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 11:00am 10/5/2014 at 11:00am
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Some of you may be familiar with a popular Youtube video entitled “Don’t talk to police.”  And by popular, I mean POPULAR; it’s had over 4 million views.

In that video a lawyer makes an energetic argument that you should never talk to the police under any circumstances, ever.

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Wait: Teachers Not Ready to be Armed, but They Can Dodge Bullets?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 6:40pm 10/4/2014 at 6:40pm
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So, people send me stuff. Which I love. And sometimes what they send makes me want to both laugh, and cry.

Today I was sent a link to a video on the Bloomberg news site, about a company named Hardwire that has for years provided high-tech armoring materials to combat vehicles in...

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Andrew Branca Talks Self-Defense Law on KXDJ-Texas

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11:30am 9/25/2014 at 11:30am
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I was interviewed by Chris Samples of KXDJ radio, way WAY up in the Texas panhandle, on the subject of (naturally) self-defense law.  This radio interview was triggered by the recent scheduling of a Law of Self Defense Seminar up in the Amarillo area of the Lone Star State.

I don’t have...

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