Man Who Shot NYPD Choke-Hold Video, 22-year-old Ramsey Orta, Arrested On Gun Charge.


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Man Who Shot NYPD Choke-Hold Video, 22-year-old Ramsey Orta, Arrested On Gun Charge.

 

Ramsey Orta appears with the Rev. Al Sharpton at Eric Garner’s funeral on July 23, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Ramsey Orta appears with the Rev. Al Sharpton at Eric Garner’s funeral on July 23, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

 

[NEW UNSEEN VIDEO] NYPD Chokehold Death : Eric Garner Chokehold Death

 

Published on Jul 20, 2014

Another video has surfaced online of Eric Garner, a New York man who died after an NYPD officer put him in a chokehold in broad daylight on Thursday.

 

In the new video, Staten Island resident, 43-year-old Garner, appears unconscious or dead as officers stand around him, keeping him rolled onto his side.

 

Witnesses at the scene remark that police aren’t doing enough to save Garner’s life in the video.

 

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“Now they’re trying to get him an ambulance, after they harassed and slammed him down,” a woman taking the video says. “[The] NYPD harassing people for no reason, he didn’t do anything at all.”

 

Police said Garner “took a fighting stance” and was resisting an arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes when he suffered a heart attack and died.

 

 
Medical examiners have not yet released an official cause of death.

 

In video obtained exclusively by The New York Daily News, an officer can be seen wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck in a chokehold position and throwing him to the ground.

 

Garner desperately shouts “I can’t breathe!” multiple times before going silent.

 

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In the new video, an emergency medical service worker can be seen taking Garner’s pulse and attempting to talk to him.

 

“Why is no one doing CPR?” a witness at the scene asks.

 

“He’s breathing,” an officer responds back.

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed his condolences, and promised a thorough investigation into the incident. In the wake of Garner’s death, de Blasio has delayed his ten-day Italian vacation.

 

 

 

Man Who Shot Chokehold Video Held on Gun Charge

 

Ramsey Orta appears with the Rev. Al Sharpton at Eric Garner’s funeral on July 23, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Ramsey Orta appears with the Rev. Al Sharpton at Eric Garner’s funeral on July 23, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

 

Published on Aug 3, 2014

The NYPD said Sunday that the man who shot a video of a fatal police chokehold had been arrested on a gun charge.

 

 

 

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The man who shot a video of a fatal police chokehold has been arrested on a gun charge, police said.

 

Ramsey Orta, 22, was arrested Saturday night on Staten Island on a charge of criminal possession of a firearm, an NYPD spokesman said.

 

Orta shot the video of an officer using a choke hold to restrain Eric Garner on July 17. Garner died shortly after.

 

Police say an unloaded semi-automatic weapon was recovered from Orta. It was reported stolen in Michigan in 2007.

 

They say Orta is in a hospital being treated for a medical condition.

 

It wasn’t clear if Orta had a lawyer.

 

Rev. Al Sharpton said Orta’s arrest supports his call for the federal government to take over the case. Rev. Sharpton also said this is because the Staten Island district attorney shouldn’t be in the position of prosecuting someone who may be a witness in the Garner case, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported

 

Reacting to the arrest, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement, “The arrest of Ramsey Orta for criminal possession of a firearm only underscores the dangers that brought police officers to respond to a chronic crime condition in that community. It is criminals like  Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand to benefit the most by demonizing the good work of police officers.”

 

Rev. Sharpton went after Lynch’s statement, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.

 

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“I don’t know anything Orta said to demonize anyone.  He put out a tape.  The tape speaks for itself and then the medical examiner comes in and corroborates what happened,” Sharpton said. “This has no bearing at all on the case or the movement for justice in the regard to Eric Garner.”

 

Sharpton also pointed out that nowhere in the PBA statement did they deny that officers used a chokehold.

 

“The chokehold is illegal and they’re confessing that they break the law because they can’t handle crime– is that what it sounds like? A confession by the PBA?” Sharpton said.

 

The New York City medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide. The man’s widow and the Rev. Sharpton have called for an arrest in his death.

 

“I knew that was the cause because I saw it,” Orta said after the medical examiner’s ruling. “Now somebody should get charged.”

 

Police said Garner was being arrested for selling illegal untaxed cigarettes, but Orta said Garner had just broken up a fight before officers arrived.

 

“They were just going after him because of his past,” Orta said. “They didn’t witness him sell no cigarettes.”

 

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Eric Garner’s death in NYPD chokehold case ruled a homicide.

 

The casket of Eric Garner is carried from his funeral in late July. The death of the 43-year-old man, who was placed in a chokehold by a New York police officer, has been ruled a homicide. (Getty Images)

The casket of Eric Garner is carried from his funeral in late July. The death of the 43-year-old man, who was placed in a chokehold by a New York police officer, has been ruled a homicide. (Getty Images)

 

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The controversial death of a New York City man who was placed in a chokehold by police was formally ruled a homicide Friday, a move that will almost certainly place the officers in front of a grand jury and heighten tensions between residents and the police department, city officials and policing experts said.

 

Eric Garner, 43, died after being placed in a chokehold that caused him to suffer neck and chest compressions during his arrest two weeks ago in the Tompkinsville section of Staten Island, according to findings released by the New York City medical examiner’s office. Garner’s weight, chronic asthma and cardiovascular disease were listed as contributing factors.

 

On July 17, officers approached Garner and questioned him. He was believed to be selling untaxed cigarettes, a charge on which he had been arrested several times previously. Videos of the incident show that Garner repeatedly said he had done  nothing wrong and asked the officers to leave him alone. As police tried to make an arrest, one of the officers placed his arm across Garner’s throat and wrestled him to the ground. Garner can be heard repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe,” while another officer presses his head against the sidewalk.

 

Two officers, Daniel Pantaleo and Justin D’Amico, face an internal investigation in connection with Garner’s death. Pantaleo was placed on modified duty, meaning he was stripped of his gun and badge, while D’Amico was placed on desk duty.

 

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“My administration will continue to work with all involved authorities, including the Richmond County district attorney, to ensure a fair and justified outcome,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

 

Patrick Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Assn., issued a statement in support of Pantaleo and D’Amico, noting again that Garner’s poor health and his refusal to submit to arrest may have played a role in his death.

 

“We believe, however, that if he had not resisted the lawful order of the police officers placing him under arrest, this tragedy would not have occurred,” Lynch said.

 

“When the medical examiner rules a case a homicide by chokehold, and the entire world has seen a video of … the chokehold, the case is going before the grand jury.” - Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York City chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union

 

Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York City chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the medical examiner’s findings would almost certainly result in Pantaleo facing a grand jury. A spokesman for the NYPD declined to comment.

 

“This case has to go before the grand jury,” she said. “When the medical examiner rules a case a homicide by chokehold, and the entire world has seen a video of the people responsible for the chokehold, the case is going before the grand jury.”

 

Garner’s family was expected to speak out Saturday during a rally in Harlem alongside the Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network members.

 

From 2009 to 2013, the police department received 1,022 complaints of officers using chokeholds, according to data tracked by the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board. But very few, just 1 out of 50 in the first six months of this year, have been substantiated, records show. Chokeholds are a violation of department policy, Police Comissioner William J. Bratton has said.

 

Garner’s death is the latest wedge driven between New York City’s police and its residents. In recent years, for example, the department has been accused of unfairly targeting minorities through its stop-and-frisk program.

 

For New York’s freshman mayor, who loudly decried such tactics and promised police reform, the incident leaves him in a bind.

 

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“‘Broken windows’ is diametrically opposed to the overall political project that De Blasio says he’s engaged in,” said Alex S. Vitale, a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the author of a book on New York City policing. “But Bratton is still committed to this ‘broken windows’ approach.”

 

The actions of the Richmond County Dist. Atty. Daniel Donovan will also play a major role in determining the long-term effect of Garner’s death.

 
The NYPD has been implicated in a number of high-profile deaths and beatings, including those of Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and Anthony Baez. Officers were acquitted of state criminal charges in each case, although Officer Francis Livoti was later convicted of violating Baez’s civil rights after placing him in a chokehold in 1994.

 

Vitale said if Donovan brings minimal charges against the officers involved, it could ignite a firestorm similar the ones that followed the Diallo and Bell verdicts.

 

Lieberman and other experts said that Garner’s death and Friday’s ruling will place increased scrutiny on recent promises made by De Blasio and Bratton to reform the department and retrain officers.

 

“It should be chastening to the police department that what the world saw on video was deemed homicide by the medical examiner,” Lieberman said. “The need for thorough and effective retraining of police officers in New York City is essential.”

 

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Stand Your Ground March & Rally In Tallahassee, Florida, March 10th, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Moms team up to repeal “Stand Your Ground” law

 

Published on Mar 10, 2014

Jordan Davis’ mom, Lucia MacBath, has teamed up with the parents of Trayvon Martin to repeal the Stand Your Ground law.

 

 

 

 

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Rev Al Sharpton And National Action Network March Against Florida’s Stand Your Ground.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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News Release: National Action Network

 

WHO:
Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network
Attorneys Benjamin Crump & Daryl Parks, Parks & Crump Attorneys at Law
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Parents of Trayvon Martin
Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, Parents of Jordan Davis
The family of Emmett Till
Tom Joyner, Host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show

 

WHAT:
Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network will lead a march from the Tallahassee Leon Country Civic Center to the State Capitol to address ‘stand your ground’ laws. The parent’s of Trayvon Martin, and their Attorney’s Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks, and the parent’s of Jordan Davis, as well as the family of Emmett Till will join. The march will end with a rally at the Florida State Capitol building where Rev. Sharpton will be the keynote speaker.

 

WHEN:
Monday March 10 2014
March begins at 9:30AM

 

WHERE:
March begins at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

 

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The march ends and rally begins outside of the Florida State Capitol building 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, Florida, FL 32301

 

Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network Southeast region will be joined by Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis’s parents, and Attorney Benjamin Crump as they lead a march through Tallahassee to repeal “Stand Your Ground’ laws. Join us as we march at 9:30 am from the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center to the State Capitol. A rally will immediately follow the march at the State Capitol.

 

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Fla. stand your ground law focus of March rally

 

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The parents of slain teen Jordan Davis say they will join the parents of slaying victim Trayvon Martin and the widow of a man shot to death in a Florida movie theater to talk with legislators in Tallahassee about the state’s so-called stand your ground law.

 

Ron Davis and Lucia McBath said Wednesday they will visit Tallahassee on March 10 for a rally to protest the law.

Their son was shot by Michael Dunn, who was convicted earlier this month on multiple counts of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012. However, the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on the first-degree murder charge against Dunn in the death of teenager Jordan Davis. A mistrial was declared on that count.

 

Black community leaders are taking a stand against the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

 

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On March 10, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida, leaders across the country including Reverend Al Sharptonand the National Action Network are gathering in the Sunshine State to rally and a hold a prayer vigil in protest of SYG.

 

Sharpton will also be joined by Attorney Ben Crump and the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.

 

The march begins at 9:30am ET  at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center,  located at 505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

 

After the march is completed, the  rally begins at the State Capitol located at 400 South Monroe St, Tallahassee, Florida, FL 32301.

 

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The Rev. Al Sharpton has led a group of several hundred people on a march to the state Capitol to protest Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

 

Among the people who joined them Monday were Trayvon Martin’s father and the family of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a gun near her estranged husband.

 

Florida law says people who are not involved in illegal activity have the right to stand their ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it’s necessary to avoid death or great bodily harm.

 

Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who later was acquitted of second-degree murder.

 

Marchers planned to attend House and Senate criminal justice committee meetings later Monday.

 

 

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Sharpton Leads March Over ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

 

By KAREEM COPELAND Associated Press

 

The Rev. Al Sharpton led several hundred people on a march to the state Capitol on Monday to protest Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

Among the marchers were Trayvon Martin’s father and the family of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a gun near her estranged husband.

“To have laws that tell people that they can shoot first and then ask questions later is a violation of our civil rights. I believe that law is inherently wrong,” Sharpton told the crowd just before the march began. “The law in effect says based on your imagination — if you imagine I’m a threat — you have the right to kill me.”

Protesters waved signs saying “STANDING OUR GROUND” and wore T-shirts that said “We are not a threat.”

Florida law says people who are not involved in illegal activity have the right to stand their ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe it’s necessary to avoid death or great bodily harm.

Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who later was acquitted of second-degree murder.

The Republican dominated Legislature has shown no interested in making any substantial changes to the stand your ground law enacted in 2005. Democrats the past two years have filed bills to repeal it or amend the law.

The protesters planned to attend House and Senate criminal justice committees in hopes of telling lawmakers they want them to consider action on the law.

Last summer, members of the group Dream Defenders held a monthlong sit-in at the Capitol to try to get lawmakers to call a special session to address the law, but Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders refused to do so.

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Rally Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws In Tallahassee. March 10th, 2014. Now Is The Time!


 

By Jueseppi B.

RALLY AGAINST ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ LAWS IN TALLAHASSEE MARCH 10TH

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RALLY AGAINST ‘STAND YOUR GROUND’ LAWS IN TALLAHASSEE

March 10th, 2014  09:00 AM

 

State Capitol

Tallahassee, FL 32301

 

Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network Southeast region will be joined by Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis’s parents, and Attorney Benjamin Crump as they lead a march through Tallahassee to repeal “Stand Your Ground’ laws. Join us as we march at 9:30 am from the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center to the State Capitol. A rally will immediately follow the march at the State Capitol.

 

Arrive at 9 am march begins 9:30 am at: Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center, 505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

 

March ends and rally begins at: State Capitol 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, Florida, FL 32301.

 

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Fla. stand your ground law focus of March rally

 

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The parents of slain teen Jordan Davis say they will join the parents of slaying victim Trayvon Martin and the widow of a man shot to death in a Florida movie theater to talk with legislators in Tallahassee about the state’s so-called stand your ground law.

 

Ron Davis and Lucia McBath said Wednesday they will visit Tallahassee on March 10 for a rally to protest the law.

Their son was shot by Michael Dunn, who was convicted earlier this month on multiple counts of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012. However, the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on the first-degree murder charge against Dunn in the death of teenager Jordan Davis. A mistrial was declared on that count.

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Black community leaders are taking a stand against the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

 

On March 10, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida, leaders across the country including Reverend Al Sharptonand the National Action Network are gathering in the Sunshine State to rally and a hold a prayer vigil in protest of SYG.

 

Sharpton will also be joined by Attorney Ben Crump and the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.

 

The march begins at 9:30am ET  at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center,  located at 505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301.

 

After the march is completed, the  rally begins at the State Capitol located at 400 South Monroe St, Tallahassee, Florida, FL 32301.

 

 

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Marissa Alexander’s Sentence Could Triple In ‘Warning-Shot’ Case. State Attorney Angela Corey Wants A 60 Year Sentence.

 

 

The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years. The second trial for Marissa Alexander (center) is scheduled to begin July 28th.

The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years. The second trial for Marissa Alexander (center) is scheduled to begin July 28th.

 

From By Larry Hannan & Jacksonville.com:

 

Marissa Alexander’s sentence could triple in ‘warning-shot’ case

 

Already a figure of sympathy over 20 years in first trial, she faces 60 years in retrial

 

A Jacksonville woman whose case generated outrage when she was sentenced to 20 years in prison may end up behind bars for 60 years for the same crime.

 

The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years, essentially a life sentence, if it succeeds in convicting her for a second time for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged husband and two of his children. Her trial is scheduled to begin on July 28.

 

Alexander, 33, was previously convicted in 2012 of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Circuit Judge James Daniel under the state’s 10-20-life law. Daniel actually imposed three separate 20-year sentences on Alexander but ordered that they be served concurrently, which meant Alexander would get out in 20 years.

 

The conviction was thrown out after the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled that Daniel made a mistake in shifting the burden to Alexander to prove she was acting in self-defense. During jury instructions, Daniel said she must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was battered by her husband.

 

Alexander’s case drew national attention after she was denied immunity under the state’s Stand Your Ground law, with critics saying the crime Alexander was convicted of didn’t warrant 20 years behind bars. Supporters of Alexander blasted prosecutors Friday for seeking to triple her prison sentence.

 

“It’s unimaginable that a woman acting in self-defense, who injured no one, can be given what amounts to a life sentence,” said Free Marissa Now spokeswoman Helen Gilbert. “This must send chills down the spine of every woman and everyone who cares about women and every woman in an abusive relationship.”

 

Seeking 60 years is an incredibly abusive and outrageous action by Corey, Gilbert said.

 

But Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei, the lead prosecutor in the case, told the Times-Union his office was simply following the sentencing laws of the state of Florida.

 

The same appeals court that ordered Alexander’s retrial separately ruled last year that when a defendant is convicted of multiple counts under 10-20-life that arose from the same crime, judges must make the sentences consecutive and are not allowed to impose them concurrently.

 

The law has not changed since Alexander was sentenced in 2012, but courts throughout the state have been struggling to interpret what the Legislature meant when it passed sentencing laws regarding 10-20-life.

 

The Alexander case inspired the so-called “warning-shot” bill that will be part of the Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday. The proposal, which is expected to pass, would create an exception to the 10-20-life law and prohibit those who fire a warning shot from getting 20 years in prison.

 

 

DEBATE OVER COMBINED SENTENCES

Mantei said the appeals court ruling demanding consecutive 20-year sentences dictates that if Alexander is convicted of the same three counts, Daniel will be required to sentence her to 60 years in prison.

 

“Absent a plea agreement, if convicted as charged, the law of the State of Florida fixes the sentence,” Mantei said. “At this time, Ms. Alexander has rejected all efforts by the State to resolve the case short of trial.”

 

Attorney Bruce Zimet said it would be a miscarriage of justice to put his client in prison for the rest of her life.

 

He said he plans to get Alexander acquitted at trial by arguing that she was acting in self-defense. But he also intends to argue that the 10-20-life law is unconstitutional because it violates the 8th Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, and will claim that Alexander cannot be sentenced to 60 years since she was only sentenced to 20 years at her first trial.

 

George “Bob” Dekle, a retired prosecutor who is now a law professor at the University of Florida, said if Alexander is convicted again the issue of whether she should get 60 years in prison could end up going to the Supreme Court.

 

If a sentence increases on a retrial, the law considers that vindictive unless there’s a good reason for the increased sentence, Dekle said.

 

Prosecutors will say it’s not vindictive, it’s what the case law now says you have to do,” Dekle said. “It will be up to the judge to decide if he agrees with that.”

 

If Daniel agrees with prosecutors and sentences Alexander to 60 years in prison, an appeal is almost certain. But if Daniel sentences her to 20 years the issue is probably done.

 

“I can tell you as a retired prosecutor you (the state) almost never win appeals on issues like this,” Dekle said.

 

But Dekle cautioned that the issue is fluid, since multiple Florida appellate courts have ruled on this issue, and some of those rulings conflict with each other.

 

The Florida Supreme Court is expected to take up the issue of whether Florida law requires multiple 10-20-life sentences to be consecutive. While the 1st District has ruled that judges must make sentences consecutive, other appellate courts in Florida have said judges can impose sentences concurrently.

 

 

THE SELF-DEFENSE CLAIM

Alexander has claimed she fired a warning shot at her estranged husband, Rico Gray, and wasn’t trying to hit Gray or his two children from a previous relationship. She has said the incident, which happened days after she’d given birth, began when Gray accused her of infidelity and questioned whether the newborn child was his.

 

Alexander told him to leave and locked herself in the bathroom until he broke through the door, grabbed her by the neck and shoved her to the floor.

 

She ran into the garage but found she couldn’t leave because the garage door wouldn’t open, according to the report.

 

She got a gun from the glove compartment of a car in the garage, went back into the house and when Gray saw her, she said he charged, saying he was going to kill her. Alexander fired the gun.

 

Alexander said it was a warning shot. Prosecutors dispute that and say the bullet hit the wall, not the ceiling, and it could have killed Gray or his children.

 

Mantei previously said that Gray’s children have suffered because of the incident, and they are the real victims in this case.

 

Alexander cited the Stand Your Ground law to justify firing the shot. It allows the use of deadly force instead of retreating if the person is afraid for his or her life.

 

But that defense was rejected by Circuit Judge Elizabeth Senterfitt, who ruled that Alexander’s choice to go back into the house to face her husband was not consistent with someone who was in “genuine fear of his or her life.”

 

At one point, prosecutors offered Alexander a prison sentence of three years before her original trial, but she turned that down and chose to go to trial.

 
Thank you Mr. Larry Hannan & Jacksonville.com

 

 

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How does The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years, essentially a life sentence, yet allow poor incompetent legal work let George Zimmerman walk away after murdering Trayvon Martin? When Marissa Alexander has not killed, not harmed a single solitary soul?

 

George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, and admitted on the murder scene he did so in self defense. Marissa Alexander shot in the ceiling to stop an advancing ex-husband whom she had a restraining order from a judge issued by a court. He had previous domestic abuse charges filed on him.

 

Am I missing something here Ms. Angela Corey? Can you really be this racist that you seek to put a woman defending herself against a man set to harm her and maybe her children, in prison for 60 years YET allow two murders get away with murder in your county? Lets not forget you failed to get a conviction against Michael Dunn for the admitted murder of Jordan Russell Davis.

 

It’s time for this shit to end.

 

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Marissa Alexander has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Marissa is the victim here. Her husband beat her while she was pregnant. After yet another beating, Alexander fired a warning shot which traveled through a wall and into the ceiling. That shot saved her life. Prosecutor Angela Corey did not take into account that Marissa Alexander: Had a court injunction against her crazed husband,Had Given Birth 9 Days Earlier,Was trained to use a weapon and earned a concealed weapons permit.

 

 

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Marissa Alexander Freedom Fundraiser

by Free Marissa Now

 

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Marissa Alexander was battered by her husband. On August 1 2010, her premature baby girl, born nine days earlier, was in the Baptist South N.I.C.U. fighting for her life while Marissa fought for life in her own home against an attacker – her husband.

 

She is currently sitting in the Pretrial Detention Facility in Jacksonville FL, Duval County awaiting a sentence for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to harm. She was also charged with child abuse because she fired a warning shot in the ceiling of her home. She owned a legitimate and current gun permit that she was trained to used.

 

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19 Year Old Renisha McBride: Lynched By Stand Your Ground


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19 yr old Renisha McBride left home on Friday afternoon.
Sometime on Saturday morning she had an accident, found out that her cell phone battery had died, decided to get out of her car and go seek help. She is now dead from a shotgun blast to the back of her head.

 

Renisha McBride demonstrators ask: What if she were a white woman shot by a black man?

 

By Khalil AlHajal 

 

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI — Activists who gathered to protest outside Dearborn Heights Police headquarters Thursday night acknowledged that they don’t know every detail that led to the slaying of Renisha McBride, but said an unarmed 19-year-old woman being shot to death should be enough to warrant an arrest.

 

McBride of Detroit was shot to death early Saturday morning outside a Dearborn Heights home on Outer Drive, where her family believes she was seeking help after a car accident.

 

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office said Thursday morning that it needed more information from Dearborn Heights police before an arrest warrant could be issued.

 

The shooter told police he thought McBride was breaking into his home and that his shotgun fired accidentally.

 

“I don’t have all of the facts, but I’m outraged that a 19-year-old was shot in the face and no one has been arrested,” said Dream Hampton, one of the organizers of the demonstration.

 

About 50 demonstrators gathered to demand an arrest. There carried signs that read “Justice for Renisha” and repeatedly chanted the victim’s name.

 

“I don’t need the whole story at this point,” said Hampton. “I need somebody in handcuffs, whether the charge is manslaughter… or whatever.”

 

Supporters from around the region were there, but no relatives of McBride appeared.

 

A person claiming to be a representative of the family told reporters just before the gathering that the protest would be cancelled.

 

Valerie Burris of Detroit said she took part in the demonstration because the victim could have been her own daughter.

 

“It makes no sense,” she said. “She was just looking for some help… This young lady could have been my daughter.

 

“Black life is so devalued… It makes people like the one who did that so full of fear. If this man was afraid, he could have just picked up the phone and dialed 911.”

 

The incident has sparked widespread outrage and social media activity reminiscent of the response to the 2012 Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

 

“It’s amazing that in 2013, we still see the lack of value on African American life,” said Rev. David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park.

 

“We though it was just in Sanford, Florida, but it’s also Dearborn Heights, Michigan… We cannot let the system that is supposed to deliver justice off the hook. We understand there is a process, but you remember when Trayvon Martin was killed… they were shuffling their feet.”

 

He said there may not have been any prosecution in that case had there not been a national outcry. The shooter, George Zimmerman, was ultimately acquitted.

 

“If I knock on somebody’s door and they are worried why I’m there, they can call 911,” Bullock said. “They can come to the door and say ‘I’m not opening the door. What do you want?’

 

“… We cannot stand here and say it is normal to kill a stranger just because you are afraid.”

 

Sam Riddle of the National Action Network said Detroit activists have been in contact with Rev. Al Sharpton and expect him to weigh in on the matter soon.

 

Sharpton is a nationally known civil rights leader with an ability to mobilize widespread demonstrations.

 

“Had she been a white woman and the shooter a black man,” activist Dawud Walid asked the crowd, “would the shooter be sitting comfortably at home watching TV today?”

 

Black Detroit Woman Shot to Death Seeking Help After Car Crash – Renisha McBride

 

 

Published on Nov 6, 2013

11/6/13 – Police are investigating the shooting death of a Detroit woman who was killed while seeking help after a late-night car wreck. Family members say 19-year-old Renisha McBride crashed about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Dearborn Heights and knocked on the door of a home in the 16000 block of Outer Drive because her cell phone battery had died.

 

McBride was shot in the head, killing her. Police said they believe the shot was fired in self-defense, and a neighbor said officers told them the homeowner had gotten scared and shot someone during an apparent break-in attempt.

 

Her family said they were initially told by police that McBride’s body had been dumped and discovered near Warren Avenue, but police are now saying the woman died on the home’s front porch.

 

McBride’s family said the shooting wasn’t justified, even if the resident believed the woman was an intruder trying to break in.

 

“He shot her in the head (and) for what? For knocking on his door,” said McBride’s aunt, Bernita Spinks. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”

 

Spinks said her niece, who was black, was racially profiled in the predominantly white Dearborn Heights.

 

“She didn’t break in his house; she didn’t break a window,” Spinks said. “What, you seen somebody on your porch and you just start shooting? And then you say it was accidental? That wasn’t accidental; that wasn’t accidental, no.” The case is remarkably similar to the Sept. 14 shooting death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, a black former college football player who was shot and killed by police in North Carolina after wrecking his car late at night and seeking help from a nearby home.

 

An officer who responded to the homeowner’s 911 call fired 12 shots at Ferrell, hitting him 10 times, and is now charged with voluntary manslaughter.

 

 

A protest was held outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night for a 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit, Nov. 7. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com)

A protest was held outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night for a 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit, Nov. 7. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com)

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Siwatu-Salama Ra, 22, of Detroit speaks to the crowd. A protest was held outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night for a 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit, Nov. 7. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com) Tanya Moutzalias

Siwatu-Salama Ra, 22, of Detroit speaks to the crowd. A protest was held outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night for a 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit, Nov. 7. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com)
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Dream Hamilton speaks to a crowd who gathered to protest outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night for a 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit,

Dream Hamilton speaks to a crowd who gathered to protest outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night for a 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit,

Tracy Washing, of Detroit, a mother of a 16 year-old, attended the protest for a slain 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit, outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night, Nov. 7. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com)

Tracy Washing, of Detroit, a mother of a 16 year-old, attended the protest for a slain 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit, outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night, Nov. 7. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com)

A protest was held outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night for a 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit, Nov. 7. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com)

A protest was held outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night for a 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit, Nov. 7. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com)

A protest was held outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night for a 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit, Nov. 7. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com)

A protest was held outside of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Thursday night for a 19 year-old who was killed in Dearborn Heights, Renisha McBride, of Detroit, Nov. 7. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com)

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I believe that Stand Your Ground Laws have replaced the rope as a method of lynching Black Americans.

 

If I had my way, any and all caucasians who murder innocent Black Americans would be hunted, and brought to me, and after a year of doing an Ariel Castro on their racist cracka asses, I’d insert a sawed off 12 gauge up their rectum, close my eyes and squeeze the trigger.

 

Don’t like my solution….I could give a fuck.

 

Renisha McBride, Detroit woman, shot to death while seeking help after a car accident, family says

 

By Crimesider Staff

 

(CBS/AP) DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – Prosecutors are seeking more information from police before deciding whether to charge a man who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman who may have gone to his door seeking help after a car accident.

 

Renisha McBride was killed by a shotgun blast around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

 

Family members say that McBride had gone to the home after her cell phone died following a car accident. They say McBride was shot in the back of the head when she turned to leave.

 

“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” McBride’s aunt Bernita Spinks told the Detroit News. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”

 

According to reports, the shooter apparently told police he fired his weapon in self-defense, thinking that McBride was an intruder.

 

“You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot?” Spinks said. “There was no window broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone. She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”

 

Police say they’ve identified the person who shot her and requested a warrant in the case. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says it sent the request back to police Wednesday for additional investigation before making a charging decision.

 

I want to repeat this one more time for those who may not believe what they read above…..

 

A woman who appeared to need help in the middle of the night and was subsequently shot to death may have been the victim in a case of self-defense gone wrong, according to WJBK-TV.

Renisha McBride, 19, was killed Saturday in Dearborn Heights, Mich, located just west of Detroit. Her family says she approached a stranger’s house for help around 2:30 a.m. after she had a car accident, according to the Detroit News. She was fatally shot on the porch.

 

McBride’s aunt Bernita Spinks told the paper she believes it was a case of racial profiling.

 

“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” Spinks told the paper.“If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911. … She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”

 

Family members described McBride as a hardworking, soft-spoken woman who keeps to herself, according to WJBK-TV.

 

911…..remember when dialing 911 was what one did when feeling threatened by danger?

 

At least if 911 had been called, she would have been alive a few more minutes…until the police arrived, then they shot her dead.

 

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