AG strongly criticizes stand-your-ground laws

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday strongly criticized stand-your-ground laws that allow a person who believes he is in danger to use deadly force in self-defense.

Referring to the case of Trayvon Martin shooting, Holder said: "separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation's attention, it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods."

In an address to an NAACP convention, the attorney general said it is time to question laws that "senselessly expand the concept of self-defense."

The attorney general said the country must take a hard look at laws that contribute to "more violence than they prevent."

Holder said such laws "try to fix something that was never broken."

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


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