Take Two for July 18, 2013

Protesters call for change to Stand Your Ground laws

George Zimmerman Protests Los Angeles Trayvon Martin LAPD

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Hundreds of protesters march through downtown Los Angeles on July 16th, 2013 in response to the George Zimmerman case verdict.

For the 5th straight night, demonstrators continued to protest the George Zimmerman verdict throughout southern California, resulting in 17 protesters arrested in Victorville, California last night.

Amid calls for action, protesters, politicians and even water cooler conversations have been citing data about the controversial Stand Your Ground laws and whether they reduce violence. But nearly all of those conclusions have been drawn from just two preliminary, non peer-reviewed studies. 

For more on this, we're joined by Leigh Ann Buchanan, a Miami-based lawyer co-chairing a task force that's studying the effect of Stand-Your-Ground laws. 
 


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