This idea that only white people are allowed to avail themselves of the claim of self-defense, or that they can largely just do whatever and get away with it by claiming self-defense, is absurd: a thread.
Jaleel Stallings was acquitted of multiple attempted murder charges related to him shooting at several St. Paul police officers last summer. He [reasonably] claimed self-defense and that he had no idea these guys were cops.

kstp.com/news/saint-pau…
It took the jury only four hours instead of four days to acquit Stephen Spencer of murder in a white man's death during a race-related dispute. Spencer claimed self-defense.

apnews.com/article/north-…
Timothy Simpkins, an 18-year-old who shot three people with an illegally possessed gun at a Texas high school, is literally out on bond right now and claiming he shot in self-defense. Honestly, he has a viable claim wrt to the intended target.

nypost.com/2021/10/07/sus…
Dolores White stabbed her daughter's boyfriend to death. Acquitted on the theory of self-defense.

goerie.com/story/news/cri…
Trey Adams stabbed a high school classmate to death. Acquitted for? You guessed it - acting in self-defense.

journalinquirer.com/crime_and_cour…
Jesus Lima. Prosecutors argued he was the aggressor who shot a man he'd previously threatened. The jury sided with Lima, who said he was attacked by the man and four others and tried to retreat.

mercurynews.com/2021/01/28/in-…
Tony Bristol, a nightclub security guard, was acquitted after claiming self-defense in the shooting deaths of two unarmed patrons.

clarksvillenow.com/local/verdict-…
Letoya Ramseure. Claimed self-defense in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend. Acquitted on all charges.

inquirer.com/news/philadelp…
I could go on and on.

Andre Roy. abc13.com/neiman-marcus-…

Kenneth Ray Smith. nondoc.com/2021/10/25/ken…

Nehemiah Martin. 10tv.com/article/news/l…

Literally Simone Biles' brother. nytimes.com/2021/06/16/us/…

Rapper Dababy. thefader.com/2019/03/30/cha…
And there are plenty of white people who have been convicted of super questionable offenses where I thought self-defense was a viable claim. Case in point, Michael Strickland: oregonlive.com/portland/2017/…

And Michael Drejka: washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08…
tl;dr - your race-baiting narratives about self-defense claims in the American legal system are hot trash, all sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Literally today, at almost the same time as the Rittenhouse verdict:

wpbf.com/article/andrew…
I'm still on single digit pages of a basic Google search.

Ansumana Jadama. archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id…

Kyla Nundley. freep.com/story/news/loc…

Keith Luncheon. nydailynews.com/new-york/brook…

Tearri Richard. mercurynews.com/2017/01/27/rar…

Naquann Ware. cantonrep.com/story/news/202…
Did we think I was done because I'm really not.

Sangsouriyanh Maniphonh. syracuse.com/crime/2017/06/…

Enrique Quiniones. kget.com/news/crime-wat…

Saeve Evans. washingtonpost.com/local/public-s…

Odell Allen. al.com/news/birmingha…

Wayne Isaacs. abc7ny.com/east-new-york-…
How about some where charges were dropped before trial based on self-defense?

Joshua Walker. fox8.com/news/murder-ch…

Justin Golson. tennessean.com/story/news/201…

Ajay Alvarez. tampabay.com/news/st-peters…

Sheyland Barnett. reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/c…

Michael Jones. greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/201…
I'm bored tonight and Google is endless. More dropped charges:

Terrell Cole. richmond.com/news/local/cri…

Mamadou Diallo. cbsnews.com/news/mamadou-d…

Stacey Gordon. abc3340.com/news/local/mur…

Shaneisha Heath. cincinnati.com/story/news/cri…

Kimario Rowland-Taylor. lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/loc…
Hear me out. Cases of self-defense where a person of color *wasn't even charged because it was so obvious*

[This guy has a go-fund-me FYI] fox6now.com/news/milwaukee…

From Omaha. wowt.com/2021/06/09/oma…

From Virginia [technically charged for like a day]. nbc12.com/2020/06/12/cha…
Oh man, the amount of goalpost moving happening in response to this tweet is FUN. Like I'm very glad *you, specifically* have more nuanced arguments than "this never happens for black defendants" but let me tell you a lot of well-followed Twitter blue checks absolutely don't.
"But Amy, these 50ish cases are just anecdotes that don't address very obvious racial disparities in the system" like NO YOU DUNDERHEADS I know I literally have multiple threads on this thanks for refuting an argument I'm not making by supporting a premise I'm not debating.

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4 Dec
This is a good time to review the case law on student searches and the Fourth Amendment. While students certainly have a fair amount of 4A protection, it's unfathomable to me to read cases like NJ v. T.L.O. as a meaning the school couldn't search this kid's backpack. THREAD.
You can read TLO here: law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projec…

The short version is that the court upheld the reasonableness of an administrator's search of a student's purse for cigarettes after a teacher reported her for smoking in the bathroom. 2/
The basic premise is that searches must be reasonable at their inception and reasonably related in scope to the circumstances which justified the search in the first place. 3/
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The parents of the Oxford shooter are taking tremendous heat. And rightfully so. But we can't overlook the school's insane non-response, either. This kid drew seriously concerning things about shooting people, and no one thought to check his backpack or ask about gun access?
This wasn't a student pointing finger guns or "acting out." He drew people getting shot and expressed serious mental instability re: serious violence. The FIRST step should have been to ensure he wasn't an imminent threat, then assess general gun access for future threats.
Which is, frankly, also my issue with the parents. I get called into that meeting? I go home and double check the status/security of all lethal means in the home. And any gun is staying on my person or inaccessible until that kid's been in therapy for 6 months, minimum.
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26 Nov
A number of people have asked about this shooting in Lubbock, Texas, for which video was just released showing the confrontation from two angles. Here's the tl;dr - there is a pretty strong case for criminal charges against the shooter. THREAD kcbd.com/2021/11/24/att…
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The use of deadly force in defense of property is justified only when immediately necessary to prevent the imminent commission of serious crimes like arson, burglary, or robbery – note, trespassing is not included. You can't shoot or threaten to shoot trespassers without more. 2/
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24 Nov
As expected:

- Travis McMichael guilty of malice murder [top charge] and four counts of felony murder, along with several other felonies.

- Greg McMichael guilty of four counts of felony murder, and several other felonies

- Roddie Bryan guilty of three counts of felony murder
I thought Bryan had a reasonable shot with the claim that he didn't know the McMichaels were armed or would shoot anyone. But this general outcome was expected by anyone who actually watched the trial.

Let's break this down a bit: THREAD
This was actual vigilantism. Georgia's [then-existing] citizen's arrest law was horribly written, but obviously did not authorize the armed pursuit of [at worst] a misdemeanor suspect no one actually saw commit said misdemeanor, for the purpose of "questioning" him.
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22 Nov
This continues to be the worst hot take on the Rittenhouse acquittal. A thread.
(1) The framing of basic facts here is appalling. This wasn't a peaceful protest. Those ended hours earlier. By the prosecution's own admission, at the very least Rosenbaum - had he lived - would have been prosecuted for his actions that night.
(1)(cont.) Grosskruetz was himself armed with a gun. The whole thing is taking place in front of a minority-owned car lot that's actively being destroyed, during riots that cause $50 million in damages, and begins with Rittenhouse trying to put out an intentionally-set fire.
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How are we still playing this game? First, I reject that premise that Rittenhouse "instigated contact" because the video evidence shows him actively running away while being chased, while the contextual evidence is that *no one* should have been there under those circumstances 1/
But let's do this. Right in the thread of dozens of cases is that of Tony Bristol, who killed one unarmed man and nearly killed a second, with a gun he indisputably could not legally possess as a felon but brought his night club security job. clarksvillenow.com/local/verdict-… 2/
Bristol claimed the two men confronted him over an ongoing dispute, he tried to leave, and they engaged him. He claimed he believed they were armed and he reasonably feared imminent danger. 3/
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