truthful perceptions: marissa

IMG_0011 copyAs of this writing, fortunately most people across the nation are now familiar with the Marissa Alexander case. For those who are not here is a brief summary to bring you up to speed:

Marissa Alexander is a mother of three children and did not have a criminal record before this incident. Marissa’s husband has a documented history of violence and domestic abuse toward women. In a jealous rage, Marissa’s husband violently confronted her while she used the bathroom.  She was assaulted, shoved, strangled and held against her will. She was prevented from escaping and was not able to call 911.

Her husband was asked to leave repeatedly. He and his two sons, were supposed to have exited through the front door but, did not. Her husband entered the kitchen wich leads to the garage and saw Marissa was unable to leave via the malfunctioning garage door. Her husband yelled “Bitch I will kill you!” and charged toward her. Marissa had retrieved her liscensed and registered gun which she owned for years before even meeting her husband – from her vehicle.

She held the weapon in her right hand down by her side as he yelled, “Bitch I Will Kill You! And charged toward her. In fear and desperation, Marissa Alexander lifted her weapon, turned away and discharged a single shot in the  ceiling. As she stood her ground – that single shot prevented him from doing that which he had threatened. He ran out of the house where he contacted police and falsely reported that Marissa Alexander shot at him and his 2 sons.

The police took Marissa Alexander into custody. Alexander’s husband admitted that he was the agressor, threatened her life and was so enraged that he did not know what he would do – this being under sworn statement in November of 2010. Alexander’s husband was arrested for domestic violence twice – once for abuse against Alexander. That attack landed Alexander in the hospital ~

Marisa is now sentenced to 20 years in prison blazing the combined spotlight of public outrage and SMH (scratching my head) across the nation from intelligent thinking people everywhere. Although Marissa’s case is a poster child for the Stand Your Ground law in Florida, instead she was denied and subsequently inherited the fate of her case being one of thousands in Florida where racial bias is insidiously at work. A study by the Tampa Bay Times found that in Florida, defendants citing the Stand Your Ground law were more likely to prevail if the victim was black. Seventy-three percent of people who killed a black person walked away with no penalty, compared to 59 percent of those who killed a white victim.

This is also a case for serious review of the domestic violence statutes that would allow her ex-husband, a serial abuser to get away not only scott free, but also to be given custody of their child.

It is time for Marissa Alexander to be set free, to regain custody of her children and to be financially compensated by the State of Florida for the gross miscarriage of justice imposed upon her. Please take a minute to sign the petition below telling Gov. Rick Scott to pardon Marissa Alexander now.


Linda's Voice


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