UPDATE: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Got Marissa Alexander 20 Years with No Community Outrage

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We are sitting on the precipice of the George Zimmerman trial set to begin on Monday, June 10, but we hope that people remember Marissa Alexander when the trial begins.

Marissa Alexander is the Florida mother and abused wife that fired a warning shot in her home to keep her husband, Rico Gray, from killing her –as he promised– and was sentenced to a mandatory 20 years in prison.  The Stand Your Ground law that she thought would protect her did not…and she didn’t kill anyone.  Her children were present and she was trying to protect herself.

She didn’t pursue him.  She did not kill him.  She was simply protecting herself and she is still waiting to see the community outraged by the extreme punishment.  George Zimmerman, on the other hand, stalked Trayvon Martin and willingly disregarded the authorities instructions for him to leave the 18-year-old alone and let them handle what Zimmerman, in his twisted thoughts, conveyed as a threat.

Now Marissa is rotting in a jail cell as her children grow up without her all for firing a warning shot in her home?  According to reports,  a jury convicted her of aggravated assault after a mere 12 minutes of deliberation. On May 11, 2012, the EURweb reported her conviction and the response of one U.S. Representative.

“Afterward U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown also challenged State Attorney Angela Corey at the courthouse saying the charges were overboard and labeled the case “institutional racism.”

Sounds right to me!  Check out the blog on the Chocolate City site to see how all of this happened and what no one is doing to help her.

-J.C. Brooks

3 thoughts on “UPDATE: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Got Marissa Alexander 20 Years with No Community Outrage”

  1. I’m so tired of this world. It’s exhausting being black. The fear alone is enough to stress you out. And just to add, Trayvon was killed just 11 days after his 17th birthday.

  2. This article leaves out a variety of facts… facts that obviously influenced the jury to convict Marissa.

    - She was clearly not afraid of the guy. She not only left to get the gun AND RETURNED, but she came back a few months later and threatened him again… and was conviceted for that crime already!

    - He wanted to leave; she would not let him. He was the one who called 911!

    Sure, there are mitigating factors and confusion and all the rest. But with just a few more facts… is it really so obvious that she’s the victim who HAD to shoot in self-defense? And not only that, but shoot at or near a guy who had the kids with him.

    She could have just left. Or let him leave. But she was on offense… and clearly the jury believed that or they would not have convicted her.

  3. MrPete
    Please read the fact. She tried to leave that is why she went to the garage to her car. 1 she realized she did not have her keys or phone. and 2 the garage was broke and could not go out the door. Went back through the door the husband entered the kitchen. HE SAID he blocked her and they where arguing. She told him to leave he refused she said for him and the kids to leave, she shot in the air to make him leave, he then left outiside through the front door and called the cops. He even said I said i was going to kill her and they had a physical altercation before she went to her car. So please before you say something about the fact I need you to go and re-read the trial thank you.

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