*Michael Giles is being called a different kind of “Stand Your Ground” victim.
While George Zimmerman walks free today – pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities no less – following his acquittal for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin; Michael Giles, a former U.S. airman, has been in prison for four years already – serving a 25-year-sentence for standing his ground three years ago.
What’s the difference between the two men?
For starters, one of ’em is black.
Giles, a husband and father of three who served his country with distinction as a U.S. Airman, shot a man in the leg after being confronted by him at a party three years ago and for this he was given 25 years in prison, according to The ‘Stand Your Ground’ Victim You May Not Know, a News One report.
His supporters think so, and they argue his “crime” was a simple act of self-defense. Now, with “stand your ground” laws being a hot topic, his family hopes to stir up interest in his case.
They are currently petitioning Florida’s governor for clemency.
Phyllis Giles, Michael’s mother, appeared along with attorney Benjamin Crump on “NewsOne Now” Wednesday to share her son’s case. Crump says Michael Giles’ story highlights how “stand your ground” laws are not just bad but biased too.
Watch the full report by Roland Martin at News One.