Jeb Bush: Self-Defense Doesn’t Cover Teen’s Death

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the “Stand Your Ground” law he signed shouldn’t protect a neighborhood watch captain who hasn’t been arrested in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.

Bush spoke Friday at the University of Texas at Arlington, just outside Dallas. He told reporters afterward that the Florida law doesn’t apply in the incident that left 17-year-old Trayvon Martin dead. He says, “Stand your ground means stand your ground. It doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s turned their back.”

The Dallas Morning News reports that Bush, who signed the law in 2005, called Martin’s death a tragedy.

George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in Sanford, Fla., in February. Martin was walking back to the home of his father’s fiancée.

Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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  1. beeleevin says:

    Does not mean to chase after somebody that has their back to you? That is what is being released now and it was not Zimmerman doing the chasing. Seems Trevon came up from behind Zimmerman and asked him if he had a problem and when Zimmerman said no Trevon replied, “well you have one now” and then punched him and jumped on top of him casuing injuries to Zimmerman. Now, who chased who?

    1. Mark says:

      That’s the whole point– we don’t know. As a result, people’s reactions reflect politics (and other motives) rather than the reality of the situation, which a jury would be charged by law to determine. Of course, if Z. is not arrested and tried, we’ll never know, even “beyond a resonable doubt.” That won’t stop those who disagree with the verdict from grinding their axes, but, in a country based on laws, it’s the best we could hope for.

  2. tom says:

    It is very rare for a black man to physically assault a white. .

    That being the case, we have to assume that Zimmerman attacked Trayvon.

    Let’s not forget the thousands of black woman raped by white men each year versus the rarity of black on white rapes.

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