Many people have lately been comparing the Trayvon Martin case to that of Marissa Alexander, the African American woman who fired two bullets into the ceiling and arrested for it. This is being used to say that the law is clearly racial and unfair.
However, just like how CBS altered tapes of the Trayvon case to make a scene, this case is being very misrepresented.
The story of Alexander begins with her falling in love with an abusive man named Gray, then getting a restraining order on him. However, because she finds out she is pregnant, they get married, with the restraining order still on.
A few weeks into the marriage, Alexander decides to live elsewhere.
Later on, Grey goes to have breakfast with Alexander in her house, bringing his 9 and 13 year old sons along. Everything was going nicely, until Gray found out (via Alex’s phone) that she had been getting involved with her ex-husband. He then believes the baby may not be his, and an altercation occurs. As Alexander later reports, she was not injured, despite things getting physical.
After the situation calms down, she allegedly says to Gray “I got somethin’ for your ass,” goes into the garage and gets her rifle, and shoots two rounds into the ceiling. This occurs with the two children in the room, and the bullet bounces off the ceiling into the kitchen.
Gray flees with his kids and calls 911 more than an hour later, and in the recording, sounds scared. Alexander never calls 911. She was arrested that same day and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Alexander posted bail prior to arraignment and was ordered by the court to have no contact with Gray or his two sons. Despite this agreement, Alexander went to Gray’s home, claiming it was to drop off her daughter with him. During that visit, Gray claimed that Alexander “became enraged and began striking him on the face with her fist.” One of Gray’s sons called 911 and an officer who responded to the complaint noted in his report that “underneath [Gray’s] left eye was swollen and bloodied.” Gray claimed he did not strike Alexander, a story which was corroborated separately by his two children.
The officer met with Alexander an hour later to get her side of the story. She contested Gray’s account, stating that he was the one who became enraged and struck her, despite there being no visible injuries on Alexander. The officer arrested her on the spot for domestic battery.
AFTER all this time, the she is actually brought to court for her charges of firing her rifle. She appeals under the pretense of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” (the same law that saved Zimmerman.)
First of all, you must be engaging in a lawful activity to begin with for the law to apply (actual text is: “allows an individual engaged in a lawful activity,) which she was not. She was willfully breaking a restraining order.
Secondly, her shots were potentially preceded by a threat and were not followed by any attempt for her to escape. Gray was the only one shook up.
And third, and most importantly, as the judge notes, her actions were “inconsistent with a person who is in genuine fear for his or her life.” She did not try to flee the original scene, and even as she stated in her own report, she wasn’t hurt. The situation did not call for such actions.
Especially after she returned to assault her husband, it is hard to see her as someone not trying to instigate things.
So the next time you see propaganda on how Trayvon deserves justice because this African American woman went to jail, remember, these are two totally different cases, and this girl definitely deserved it.