I saw this tweet from our “friends” of Everytown for Gun Control:
That leads to an article by the Fascists/Socialists (but I repeat myself) Antifa supporters of the Southern Poverty Law Center:
The spot where Dominic Jerome “D.J.” Broadus II died from four shots fired by his male paramour was about as secluded as could be.
Hidden at the end of a sandy, private road cut through the vast, ancient, scrub pine forest that surrounds Macclenny, Florida, it was the perfect place to do something that you didn’t want anyone else to see.
There, Gardner Kent Fraser, who is white and from a prominent local family, met Broadus, a Black man, and tried to keep their relationship hidden. Their relationship broke many taboos in this conservative town 28 miles west of Jacksonville.
But the 115 phone calls and over 100 text messages that investigators uncovered between the two men – many of them with sexually explicit photos – showed that their eight-month relationship had grown increasingly tense and troubled. Fraser – who also had a girlfriend at the time – feared Broadus would expose their secret, especially after Broadus played a prank in which he threatened just that.
Of course, the results of the investigation paint a different picture:
“We have conducted an extensive investigation into the death of Dominic Broadus, Jr. and declined to bring charges against Gardner Fraser for the shooting of Broadus,” David Chapman, communications director for the State Attorney’s office said in a statement. “This investigation has determined that Broadus showed up to Fraser’s private residence – an isolated property in the middle of a rural area — unannounced and uninvited. Fraser asserted that Broadus attacked him on the doorstep of his home.”
The statement continued, “The investigation has not generated evidence to disprove Fraser’s claim of self-defense. The evidence in this case, Fraser’s unwavering claims of self-defense, and Florida law do not provide support for homicide charges. We are ethically prohibited from instituting criminal charges that we cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”
What a surprise! Once again it was not Stand Your Ground but plain Self-defense and I would even add under the Castle Doctrine principle. But if you look around in other blogs and political sites, you will see a lack of mentioning Mr. Broadus actions in Mr. Fraser’s property.
And, of course, they have to bring back this old tidbit of incomplete information.
While there is no current, granular data to show how many Black men and boys have been killed in Florida by white people who have claimed self-defense, the Tampa Bay Times in 2013 published its analysis of 200 cases. It concluded that the law was not applied equally by race and that when the victim was not white, the killer was more likely to escape punishment. It found that “in nearly a third of the cases … defendants initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim – and still went free,” and “73% of those who killed a Black person faced no penalty compared to 59% of those who killed a white person.”
We covered that same database by the Tampa Bay Times finding out that Blacks were favored over Whites in SYG claims, which might be the reason the paper suddenly dropped any further “research” on the matter and made the raw data hard to find.
And then there is that little constant lie the Stand Your Ground is an Evil Florida-born law when in fact there are at least three SCOTUS decisions upholding Stand Your Ground.
And one last item: Words have meanings but they love to twist them for their purposes. This was a killing of one man by an individual, yet it is called a lynching because it evokes a guttural reaction. It is the misuse of a tragic memory in the history of this country, applied specially against unarmed blacks, to make sure they remain unarmed and defenseless and hopefully we end up the same.
Bruen has hurt them a lot and the only thing they have now is to rehash old points in order to cloud issues with the public, gambling on their short-term TikTok memory. It is our duty to call them liars and show the evidence that favors the Truth.