Democratic Lawmaker Says ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Let White People Get Away With Murder

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Florida Rep. Fredericka Wilson called for the abolition of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws because they are “racially tinged” in an interview with CNN’s John Berman on Tuesday morning.


Rep. Wilson appeared on CNN following Michael Drejka being charged with manslaughter for the shooting of Markeis McGlockton in Florida. She had previously introduced legislation in 2015 to repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws in wake of Trayvon Martin’s death.

“Charges have been filed. Are you encouraged by this development?” John Berman asked.

“I am certainly relieved and I am so happy that this man who thought he had so much power to do all of these things. I’m so happy now that he’s being charged. I was beginning to worry, but I am relieved now,” Wilson replied.

“Is this a case, in your mind, of the law then working as it should if the sheriff was overruled?” Berman pressed.

“That is not the way ‘Stand Your Ground’ is supposed to work. In fact, we do not even need ‘Stand Your Ground’. We need to get rid of ‘Stand Your Ground’ because it’s being misused all over this country and we’re finding that it is racially tinged because it’s being used in instances where white people actually kill black people and get away, so that is very troublesome.” Wilson concluded.

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