What does Trayvon Verdict Mean for You

Stephen Nakatani
Stephen Nakatani

Over the weekend people across the nation were following the verdict of the Trayvon Martin v. Zimmerman case. This weekend was also the screening of the documentary Fruitvale Station so the issues of violence, guns and race were on many peoples minds as protests were held throughout the nation. Regardless of where you fall in your belief of what the verdict should have been, the conversation around what this means and why it occurred needs to be discussed on a level of what can be done in our daily lives to lessen these casualties.

While New York state does not have a Stand Your Ground law (Castle Doctrine), it is important that we understand these laws and how they impact Americans overall. Of course, we don’t live in a silo in New York so many of our residents travel to states that do have these laws on their books.

Stand Your Ground states:

Alabama Kentucky New Hampshire Tennessee
Alaska Louisiana North Dakota Texas
Arizona Maine Ohio Utah
California Massachusetts Oklahoma West Virginia
Florida Michigan Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Georgia Mississippi Rhode Island Wyoming
Indiana Missouri South Carolina Kansas
Iowa Montana South Dakota

Iowa, Virginia and Washington have similar in-house laws.

What to do if you’re stopped by the police – The Door’s Legal Services put together this great resource 

The Bronx Defenders has a great post on Know Your Rights: Police Encounters & Misconduct 

New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has an app with Know Your Rights information regarding police stops – check it out