Florida Again! Another Black Kid Shot Dead!

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Another potential “Stand Your Ground” shooting recently occurred in Florida. An Orlando man shot and killed a 21-year-old who was allegedly running through (or from, depending on who you ask), his yard. But the young man had not stolen anything, nor broken in to anyone’s home. He was literally just running. He had not threatening anyone, but Claudius Smith nevertheless said that he was afraid that this running youth was a burglar.

That’s when he decided to stalk him, and shoot him. Is this starting to sound familiar?

Smith followed the young man over a fence into a neighboring apartment complex. When police arrived, they found 21-year-old Ricardo Sanes dead in the grass, surrounded by six .45-caliber shell casings.

In a confession documented in the Orlando Police Department report Smith said that he was afraid of his victim “because his pants were falling down”. This, Smith explained, must have meant that the “fleeing” young man was “armed.” The irony that Smith himself was armed, was apparently lost on the shooter.

As well, Smith explained that Sanes “had his hands in the pocket” of his hooded sweatshirt, another piece of attire that Smith said indicated the young man was up to no good.

While the similarities with the killing Trayvon Martin are obvious to most, where this case differs is that Smith has already been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Nevertheless, this is Florida, and a judge may still grant him “Stand Your Ground” immunity from prosecution. It’s happened before, and you had better believe it can happen again.



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Hmm...I really have no words. We still need to get a clearer report of events, but I fear for my son growing up in this country sometimes...Once someone is dead, its done. Reports help nothing.


i have to wonder who the person on the jury was that didn't think the man was guilty.
he shot into a car and kept shooting as they were driving away. there was no return fire, so obviously there was no gun.
this is so disheartening.


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This shooting/killing happened two years and Ricardo would have turned 19 this week just like Tray. My condolences to the family and may the soul of Ricardo rest in peace. That fool needs to be re-tried on the first degree murder charge. No shots were fired by Ricardo or anyone in the vehicle plus no weapon was discovered but the killer fired 10 shots into that car. Though he will spend the rest of his natural life in jail it does not matter if he's not held responsible for the death of Ricardo. The man's daughter was on ABC yesterday morning crying a river like the life her father took was not worth anything. Our children especially the boys need our prayers every minute they are away from our immediate reach.
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