The law says that a person is justified in the use of deadly force if he or she reasonably believes such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or harm.
Ray Suarez : This incident has brought new attention to Florida’s stand your ground law, which I understand had already had some controversy around it at the time that it was debated and passed…Is this getting a second look now?
Frances Robles, The Miami-Herald: We will see. I mean, people were real proud of that law when they passed it.
It’s been a real problem here. One of the things — one of the types of things that happens quite a bit is, for example, you’ll have a drug dealer shooting at another drug dealer, that other drug dealer shooting back, missing the first drug dealer, hitting the 3-year-old on the corner.
And then, when it comes time to file criminal charges, nobody gets in trouble, because drug dealer one didn’t kill the 3-year-old, and drug dealer two was legitimately defending himself. So this happens over and over again, where people are not getting — they’re either getting — not getting charged or they’re getting acquitted on cases where people are getting killed.
And everybody says, wait a second. Well, where is the justice here?
“And so it begins: What will Republicans say to appeal to Latino voters? Which way will they vote? Will Latino strategies offer a foretaste of campaigns to come when the primary calendar moves west? What will the candidates say about this country’s Cuba policy?
All very interesting, to be sure, but not determinative of anything much. There’s plenty to say about the Latino vote in 2012 … just not yet.”
-Ray Suarez on why the 2012 Hispanic vote doesn’t matter…yet.
Fighting Chance? School Violence Pushes Students Out
Students at John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg, FL take an in-depth look at chronic fighting at their school.
“I do believe that schools are a microcosm of society, which means that if you put a school in the middle of a community, I can almost guarantee the things that are going on in that community will carry over into the school.” - Barry Brown, principal, John Hopkins Middle School
This video is part of our Student Reporting Labs program, which connects students with a network of public broadcasting mentors to produce original news reports for the PBS NewsHour Extra.