It was only a matter of time before a person shot a cop and used “Stand Your Ground” as a defense. And where else would this happen? Of course, Florida. You go Gators!
Okay, here’s the story. Back in mid-March, a robbery victim told police that someone from a home located around the 8800 block of Burning Tree Road in a Pensacola Florida neighborhood had robbed him. The thief got away with marijuana and a handgun from the residence.
Keep in mind that currently, as also back in March, marijuana is NOT LEGAL in Florida. Who knows about the handgun? But lets move on with this true tale. From Raw Story:
Police converged on the home and saw Finkelstein — who was not the subject the police were searching for — emerge from the house’s garage. Sgt. Johnson said that he emerged from a hiding place behind a tree and identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy.
Finkelstein produced a gun and fired, striking Johnson in the leg.
Finkelstein’s attorney Brandon Moros is arguing along with his client that Johnson emerged from the shadows without identifying himself and that Finkelstein fired in self-defense. Moros contends that Finkelstein’s actions were justified under “Stand Your Ground.”
C’mon, you gotta admit you saw this coming after all of the other high profile cases of “Stand Your Ground” defense in the Sunshine State.