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November 02, 2013

Rainbow Push Coalition Sues Georgia Over ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

The Rainbow Push Coalition filed a federal lawsuit today challenging Georgia’s “stand your ground" law.

Such laws received national attention after the Florida shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Georgia’s law was passed in 2006. It says, "A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or herself or a third person against such other's imminent use of unlawful force; however, except as provided in Code Section 16-3-23, a person is justified in using force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or herself or a third person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."

Reverend Jesse Jackson says the law is arbitrary and inconsistent, especially for those of color.

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