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Judge Declares Mistrial in Ray Tensing Trial

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11:30am 11/12/2016 at 11:30am

Minutes ago Judge Megan Shanahan declared a mistrial in the case of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing after the jury remained unable to come to a unanimous verdict in its fourth day and twenty-fifth hour of deliberations, as reported by WCPO in Cincinnati.

Tensing was being tried for murder and...

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Arcane OH Self-Defense Law Leaves Officer at Risk of Conviction

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 11, 2016 at 5:40pm 11/11/2016 at 5:40pm

Today is the third day of deliberations in the murder/manslaughter trial of police officer Ray Tensing, and this afternoon Judge Megan Shanahan once again sent the jury back to deliberations after they told her that they were still unable to arrive at a unanimous verdict.

Ray Tensing, you may recall, is the Univesity...

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Naked Florida Man Poops Self During Home Invasion, Shot by Female Homeowner

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 1:00pm 6/21/2016 at 1:00pm

A Floridian woman shot and wounded a naked, poop-covered home invader Sunday night.

27-year-old Victor Etherington, who, according to deputies was intoxicated, demanded entry to an Ocala residence. The homeowner (name still unknown), not recognizing him, told him to leave.

The poopetrator kicked in the door, prompting the woman to take...

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Laquan McDonald Video Not Dispositive of Police Criminal Misconduct

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 9:00pm 11/25/2015 at 9:00pm

About 13 months ago, on October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old 180-pound black male who was non-compliant with police orders and threatening Chicago police officers with a knife, was shot and killed by officer Jason Van Dyke, a white man.

Yesterday Chicago authorities, under orders from a judge, finally released some...

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Data on police killings bucks media narrative

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 4:15pm 6/3/2015 at 4:15pm

One of the dominant theories of our time is that police officers are waging a Terminator-like war against unarmed young black men, killing them with a ruthlessness and determination evocative of a genocide, all the while escaping legal sanction.

The Washington Post, certainly not a paper to shy away from fanning the...

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Cop Shoots Fleeing Unarmed Black Man, Charged With Murder

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8:30am 4/8/2015 at 8:30am

Last weekend a cop shot of a fleeing unarmed black man in Charleston, SC.  

Not all the facts are in, but the video (apparently captured by a cell phone) is damning; it shows the cop firing at the fleeing black man several times, finally bringing him to the ground.  There seems...

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VIDEO: WA Police Kill Man Throwing Stones at Cars, Officers

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 13, 2015 at 1:15pm 2/13/2015 at 1:15pm

The old quip in self-defense circles is that it is imprudent to bring a knife to a gunfight. This caution must apply only more certainly to the bringing of a rock to a gunfight, a lesson learned the hard way by one Antonio Zambrano-Montes after he was shot and killed this...

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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

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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Is there a Constitutional right of self-defense against attacking animals?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 2:00pm 12/27/2014 at 2:00pm

Eugene Volokh has an interesting post over at his Volokh Conspiracy blog about a Washington-state Court of Appeals decision finding that there exists a Constitutional right of self-defense against attacking animals.  That decision, State v. Hull (Wash. Ct. App. Dec. 18, 2014),  is embedded at the bottom of this post.

Professor Volokh’s post on 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

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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GUILTY: Montana Homeowner Who “Baited” Intruder Convicted

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:16pm 12/17/2014 at 4:16pm

Markus Kaarma, the Montana man tried for deliberate homicide for shooting and killing a German exchange student whom prosecutors say was “baited” into entering the homeowner’s garage has been convicted of that crime, reports WRAL news.

The defense narrative of innocence was that Kaarma was in a heightened state of fear, having...

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Trial Underway of Homeowner Accused of “Baiting” Intruder

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 4:45pm 12/10/2014 at 4:45pm

The murder trial is underway of a Montana homeowner Markus Kaarma, accused of “baiting” an intruder into his garage and then shotgunning him to death has been proceeding in Missoula this past week, as reported by the Missoulian newspaper and other sources.  The defendant is arguing that the shooting was...

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UPDATED: “Warning shot” defendant accepts 3-year plea deal

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:30pm 11/24/2014 at 7:30pm

Christmas came early for Marissa Alexander, who claimed that the bullet she fired past her husband’s head was a “warning shot,” and who was facing a re-trial with a 60 year mandatory minimum sentence almost a certainty on the far end.

First Coast News is reporting that Angela Corey has re-offered to...

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New video released in “Dash-cam Shooting”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 1:45pm 9/25/2014 at 1:45pm

A South Carolina prosecutor’s office has released dash-camera video of the September 4 shooting by Police Officer Sean Groubert of Levar Edward in a gas station parking lot. It appears that Edward was in good faith simply complying with Groubert’s demands for identification, but in a manner that led Groubert to...

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Marissa Alexander’s Bail Hearing in “Warning Shot” Case Delayed To Next Week

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 8, 2013 at 3:30pm 11/8/2013 at 3:30pm

The bail hearing scheduled today for Marissa Alexander has been rescheduled for next Wednesday. No reason was given.

Marissa Alexander gained infamy for firing a “warning shot” past the head of her estranged husband during an argument, while his two small children stood at his side. The bullet passed closely by his...

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Guns and (black) feminism

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:15am 11/6/2013 at 7:15am

A rare dose of sanity at Salon.com, Who will protect us? Why I’m still conflicted about guns as a black feminist:

I was 15 years old when my mother and I were robbed at gunpoint. It was 1982….

I don’t own a gun but I know plenty of educated black women who do....

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