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Attorney General Strongly Criticizes Stand-Your-Ground Laws

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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." 
 
The Rev. Al Sharpton says there will be vigils and rallies in 100 cities this weekend to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. 
 
Zimmerman's acquittal over the weekend in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin has touched off protests around the country.
 
Sharpton announced the plan Tuesday at a news conference outside the Justice Department with several ministers. He did not say which cities are involved, but did say the rallies and vigils will be staged Saturday at federal buildings.
 
The Justice Department is investigating whether Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights when he shot the 17-year-old during a February 2012 confrontation in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman said he fired his gun in self-defense. 
 
A six-member jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

Meanwhile, At least one person was injured and police made nine arrests when a protest over George Zimmerman's Florida acquittal turned violent in Oakland.
 
 Newspapers report that a waiter guarding windows at a restaurant was hit in the face with a hammer late Monday night, and protesters threw fireworks at police in riot gear. Police deployed flash-bang grenades.
 
Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says the arrests were for crimes including assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.
 
The Oakland Tribune reports that the waiter's co-workers were helping him ice his head as they waited for an ambulance.
 
Witnesses told the newspaper that a protester was also injured when he was struck by a police projectile. Police did not immediately respond to a request to confirm or deny that report.

And - fourteen people were arrested after multiple acts of vandalism and several assaults in Los Angeles' Crenshaw District overnight during demonstrations over George Zimmerman's Florida acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
 
Protesters also broke windows, attacked people on sidewalks and raided a Wal-Mart store. A TV crew received minor injuries in an assault.
 
Police Chief Charlie Beck said more than 300 officers were called to the scene and at first attempted to allow a peaceful end to the demonstration. But the chief said police would take a much stricter posture in the coming nights. (AP)

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