What’s worse, a bad law or its misapplication resulting in an abused 31-year-old mother of three, Marissa Alexander, being arrested for shooting a warning shot into the ceiling of her home that stopped her abusive husband from killing her … in Jacksonville FL. One would think that the police would have automatically arrested the abusive husband for attempted murder and for breaking the rules of a protective order. Nope. Instead, her husband is free and Marissa is in jail facing a possible 20 year sentence.
Her former husband has started a petition on Change.org to free her from this injustice. Read it, sign it and pass it on. Here’s an overview of Marissa’s story.
Marissa’s husband has a documented history of violence and domestic abuse toward women. The history of Marissa Alexander and her husband includes an injunction for protection against violence and was active during August 2010. 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 obtain her cell phone to call 911.
Her husband was asked to leave repeatedly. He and his two sons (Marissa’s stepsons), were supposed to have exited through the front door but, did not. Her husband entered the kitchen wich leads to the garage and saw that 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 licensed 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.
Marissa attempted to use the “stand your ground” law but the judge found that But it was a warning shot and no one was hurt. Alexander could have pointed her gun at her husband and shot him dead — just like George Zimmerman did to Trayvon Martin. Moreover, the beatings and hospitalization are on record proving she had reason to fear for her safety and her life.
Forget the “stand your ground” doctrine, whatever happened to self-defense? How can the courts find her guilty of aggravated assault is amazing. She could have pointed the gun squarely at her husband, pulled the trigger and shot him dead. Instead, she chose to fire a warning shot. He goes free and she’s in jail. There is something horribly wrong with this picture.