A review of the events involving the North Charleston, S. Carolina Whitlee Jones murder case as it applies to the Tennessee “stand your ground” statute brings several factors into question. As indicated in the article, South Carolina’s law as does Tennessee’s states that a person having reasonable fear of death or serious bodily harm can use deadly force on the unlawful intruder. However, this does not apply to a lawful resident or a person who has a legal right to be in the dwelling, business, or auto (Knapp, 2014). As Jones indicates she removes herself from the danger on several occasions, yet she continues to return, placing herself once again in position to receive serious injury or death from her boyfriend who is legally occupying the
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In the article “Cole Case,” the author, Jena Williams writes about Timothy Cole, a falsely accused man charged with 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Known as the Texas Tech Rapes, four women were raped from 1984 to 1985. As police searched for the rapist, Cole ran into an undercover cop on campus and told her his name and where he lived. Although not suspected to be the rapist, police ran his license plates and discovered Cole recently filed it as being robbed. Claiming to help him by investigating the robbery, police took Cole’s photo and placed it in a lineup of other mug shots.
June 12th 4:30 p.m. CSW Anderson arrived at the residence and met with Wayne Lowes (father), Joann Lowes (mother) and child, Wayne Lowes ( goes by Eddie) CSW Anderson advised the Lowes of the report received and Mr. Lowes permitted CSW Anderson to interview Eddie independently. Eddie stated two nights ago he was prolonging to wash the dishes and his father got mad at him; Eddie stated he has a smart mouth; Eddie stated his does not do things immediately because his father is demanding; Eddie stated he would get mouthy with his father; Eddie stated his father came into the kitchen pulled him by his hair; Eddie stated the two struggled and his father slapped him on his face three times; Eddie stated his father choked him for about 2 to 3 minutes; Eddie stated it was difficult for him to breathe; Eddie stated his mother interfered and the struggle ceased. Eddie stated he does not get along with his father; Eddie stated they often get into physical; Eddie stated he is not upset at his father; Eddie said he was not harmed from the struggle; Eddie stated he feel safe living with mother and
Worcester vs. Georgia Sam Worchester was an advocate for the Cherokees living within the confines of their sovereign nation in Georgia. Being an advocate he was helping the Cherokees understand their rights as an independent nation. As a result, Georgia passed a law restricting white people from living among the Cherokees without proper documentation from the government. Worchester feeling this was unfair decided to challenge the governments ruling, because of this he was arrested in Cherokee territory. Feeling wronged Worchester decided to take his case to the Supreme Court in 1832.
In Atlanta, Ga. there were approximately 29 black kids murdered who were mainly young boys who were found strangled to death. This case became known as the Atlanta Child Murders which involved Wayne Williams was born on May 27, 1958. He graduated high school at Douglas High School in GA. and attended the Georgia State University. Between the years of 1979 through 1981, there were allegedly 29 black youths that was murdered which Wayne Williams was the prime suspect.
Tennessee v. Garner 471 U.S. 1  In October of 1973, Memphis, Tennessee police responded to a report of a burglary in progress. Police Officer Elton Hymon went to the rear of the home while his partner was contacting headquarters. Hymon observed a person, later identified as Edward Garner, running across the yard, and stopping at a fence. With the use of his flashlight Hymon could see that Garner was “likely” unarmed and ordered him to stop.
This verdict sparked an outrage, igniting a flame for justice under the American people. Nation-wide rallies and protests put Florida’s self-defense laws under fire; in particular its stand your ground laws. Stand your ground laws are cemented around a person being able to use whatever force they
Charged in the murder of a local boxing legend, Tycorion Davis, 18, was arrested after a Crime Stoppers tip helped to put him behind bars. Former boxer O 'Neil "Supernova" Bell died as a result of a random street robbery, and police are seeking four men accused of his murder. The robbery occurred in southwest Atlanta after O 'Neil Bell stepped off a bus, right before the day of Thanksgiving. As a result of the robbery, Bell died when he attempted to fight back, and they left another person injured. Investigators of criminal law have called it an opportunistic crime, and police put out surveillance footage to solve the case.
Thirteen year old, Eugene Williams, was traveling from Chattanooga to Memphis looking for work when he was accused of rape (PBS, “Williams”). Eight other blacks were accused of rape along with Eugene by Ruby Bates and Victoria Price on March 25, 1931. However, there was an overall discrimination and hatred of blacks during the time period, Bates and Price were unable to identify their attackers and answer questions, and there was a lack of physical evidence. Eugene Williams was not guilty of rape. Undoubtedly, Eugene Williams was guilty, although he was guilty of hoboing, not rape.
In 1945, the High Court of Australia heard the case of Gratwick v Johnson and ultimately decided to dismiss the appeal in a unanimous decision by the Judges. While different reasoning was employed, all five judges drew the conclusion that the appeal should be dismissed as the statute the defendant was charged under was inconsistent with s.92 of the Australian Constitution. To provide some context for this case in 1944, Dulcie Johnson was charged with an offence against the National Security Act 1939-1943 in that she did contravene par.3 of the Restriction of Interstate Passenger Transport Order by travelling from South Australia to Western Australia by rail. In brief terms par.3 of the Restriction of Interstate Passenger Transport Order provided that no person shall, without a valid permit, travel from state to state or territory.
The second source summarizes how Sandra Bland's family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Waller County Sheriff's Office The family and activists have raised questions over the traffic stop and whether Bland committed suicide. Cooper, 31, a businesswoman, said the family is concerned that authorities have been releasing information selectively, including dashboard camera videos from the police car of another officer who responded after Encinia stopped Bland. The intended audience of this article is the press and the police departments who lack watching over the people who are incarcerated. The family is concerned with the way the authorities have been handling the situation. The authorities are the ones who caused the problem and now
White America will always have an advantage over blacks and it will continue to be this way, whether we would like to admit it or not. African Americans had the same capabilities to do anything a white American could, if not better in many circumstances. Unhappy with the hardships that challenged blacks’ freedom throughout their life, enslaved African American, Dred Scott, made a significant impact which eventually changed the views of slavery. Thus, the court ruling of the Dred Scott v. Sanford was established in 1857 which declared that slaves nor black men who were already free could be granted citizenship in the United States (Dred Scott v. Sandford, n.d.). Scott v Sanford court case was created to emphasize the wrongdoings of slave masters by expressing the poorly acts African Americans face while under the Declaration of Independence.
“The Panthers became experts on firearm laws and openly carried guns, in a sharp departure from mainstream civil rights technique. After California Assemblyman Don Mulford introduced a bill making it illegal to carry guns openly--a measure aimed directly at the Panthers--armed black men” (Tappan). The people using this law as their defensen are getting away with murder and aggravated assault so easily, due to the loose language used in the law itself. Now, police officers accused of using excessive force are trying to claim the law's protection (Robles). In response to the idea that crime has decreased since stand your ground law was put in place, is true, but in Florida, which passed the first Stand Your Ground law, has seen a 30 percent increase in homicides since then (Contributor) .
The law has the most leading homicide with the the murder not in jail. In addition, ¨ A national debate and massive rallies contesting “stand your ground”laws followed the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman last year, and then increased again earlier this year with Zimmerman’s acquitted based on his argument that he shot the 17-year-old in self defense. Critics say such laws are enforced unevenly, and people of color, especially young African Americans, are hurt by these laws more than whites. ¨ ( National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2013 ). This connects to the topic because it supports that more cases of a homicide are increasing.
The 1989 case of Graham v. Connor follows the story of Dethorne Graham, and his interaction with a City of Charlotte police officer, M.S. Connor, and how the actions taken by Connor on the day in question had violated the fourteenth amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses. While police presence and involvement in our communities is vital to the success of a community, the infringement of an individual's rights based upon presumption without reason stands to be an incredible threat to liberty. Connor’s use of excessive force in the detainment of Graham. This case is a strong one for the reform of police protocol, as well as for the protocol for excessive force, and the reasonable person standard. The decision of this case is attributed
Furthermore, the Florida House Panel rejects to repeal the ‘Stand Your Ground Law’. Allan Williams, a Democratic representative from Tallahassee, was interviewed by John Kennedy for the Palm Beach Post. Williams stated while being interviewed “If we can’t repeal it, we must repair it” (Kennedy). The law itself is not broken, the justice system is. A person being able to defend themself is crucial.