The killer said he feared the victim
was armed “because his pants were falling down” and his hands were in his hoodie pockets.
Reporters Jeff Weiner and Arelis R. Hernández in the Orlando Sentinel describe a killing and claim of self-defense in Florida today, raising similarities to the controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin using Florida’s “stand your ground” self defense standard.
There’s more discussion of the legal consequences of sagging pants, hoodies, “thug wear,” and government’s attempt to regulate what we wear by indirect and direct means in Dressing Constitutionally.
But this is certain:
No one deserves to die for what he or she is wearing. And the law should never suggest otherwise.