U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that it’s time to question laws that expand self-defense – such as Florida’s “stand your ground” law — in the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal.
A day after he called Trayvon Martin’s death “unnecessary,” Holder told people at a national convention of the NAACP that such laws can be dangerous and that the federal government plans to do a thorough investigation into the Feb. 26, 2012, fatal shooting.
“It’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” said Holder, of stand-your-ground laws. “These laws try to fix something that was never broken. There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the ‘if’ is important — no safe retreat is available.”
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