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August 16, 2013

State’s ‘stand-your-ground’ law debated

Louisana’s stand-your-ground law isn’t a license to kill, isn’t always applied evenly, depending on race, and might tempt some people to act rashly.

Those were among the warnings offered Thursday by lawyers and police officials speaking at a forum about the Louisiana’s law governing the use of deadly force.

A group called Leaders With Vision hosted the forum at Drusilla Place Restaurant in response to last month’s acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. That state’s stand-your-ground law drew international attention, but was not part of the trial.

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