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Taco Bell Shooting & ‘Stand Your Ground’

“Take the case of Daniel Adkins, Jr. The unarmed 29-year-old man, with the mental capacity of a 13-year-old, was fatally shot on April 3 in an Arizona Taco Bell parking lot. Adkins reportedly was walking his dog when the unnamed shooter turned the corner of drive-thru, nearly hitting Adkins. While it is unclear who provoked the confrontation, it is reported that angry words were exchanged before the shooter chambered a bullet into his handgun and fatally shot Adkins in the chest. The shooter admitted that Adkins never touched him or his vehicle but claimed that Adkins “air swung” his hands towards the vehicle. Police were also told by the shooter that Adkins was armed with a 3-foot metal pipe, which has not been recovered.

Even though the shooter admitted to police that he did not think Adkins was going to kill him, only that he thought the man might “hurt” him, he has thus far escaped arrest and criminal prosecution…”.* Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss on The Young Turks.

*Read more here from Timothy Johnson at Media Matters: http://mediamatters.org/blog/201205010017

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