Wisconsin Shooting Puts “Castle” Law Under Scrutiny

Maria Rohde, Chicago Tribune, March 26, 2012

The decision by authorities not to charge a homeowner who shot dead an unarmed black man in a small Wisconsin town three weeks ago has drawn scrutiny to the state’s new “castle doctrine” law and comparisons to the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

Authorities ruled the killing of Bo Morrison, 20, by a Slinger, Wisconsin, homeowner on his porch justifiable in possibly the first such case under an expanded castle doctrine law enacted late last year, prosecutors said.

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About 150 people protested Sunday at the Washington County Courthouse in nearby West Bend, Wisconsin. A rally also was planned for Tuesday in Madison for Morrison and Martin, 17, who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida. {snip}

“Under a reasonable view of the evidence the homeowner acted reasonably in his use of force based on the facts and circumstances,” county District Attorney Mark Bensen said.

According to Bensen’s report clearing homeowner Adam Kind, Morrison attended a party in a garage adjacent to Kind’s house with about 20 young adults the night of the shooting.

Kind, 35, called police at about 1 a.m. March 3 complaining of loud music coming from a car parked in his neighbor’s driveway.

Police contacted the parents of the girls who were hosting the party and they told everyone to leave, the report said.

Morrison, who had previous run-ins with the police and had a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit for driving in Wisconsin, left the party.

Kind, who said his concern was elevated because his wife, two children and a child guest were in the house, retrieved a handgun after he heard noises on his porch, the report said.

Kind loaded the handgun, went to the porch and confronted Morrison, who was wearing dark clothing, the report said. Kind fired one shot as Morrison walked toward him, then yelled for his wife to call 911, the report said.

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Morrison’s mother, Lauri Morrison, said he was trying to hide because he had previous tickets for underage drinking.

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  • B

    Hopefully these cases mean that this 40 year black on white crime spree will be coming to an end. More predators need to be taken care of on the spot by their intended victims.

  • Detroit_WASP

    This is the kind of thing the NRA warns about.   Gun rights and the right to defend yourself is very slowly being taking away. 

    Granted, the NRA gins up a lot of hysteria about gun control but I am an NRA member and do believe the left wants to take our guns.   Many leftist and their supporters are convicted felons and are not allowed to own guns…so, they don’t want you to have them either.

    In my mind, diversity means owning more than one gun!  Join the NRA and support gun rights. 

    •  Gun Owners of America is a lot better. NRA is a deeply flawed organization.

      • brew730

         The NRA may have its ups and downs but they have done more to stand up to the gun-grabbers in Congress than any other group.  Think Clinton era AWB.  They single handedly changed the complexion of Congress because of that bullshit law!  I’m sick of all the junk mail they send me but I’m a proud member and encourage others to join as well.  BTW, I’ll look into GOOA, I’ve never heard of them but they may do good work also!

    •  An even better group to join is the USCCA, which is dedicated to the CCW cause.

    •  Keep your eyes wide open about the NRA.  Remember, they’re (A) a single issue organization (B) mostly funded by the industry, (C) whose goal is to keep open the third largest market for small arms in the world, the American legal domestic market.  As such, they will sometimes do stupid stuff like talk about the “racism” of gun control, endorse Democrats over much better Republicans (*), and sign off on import restrictions to benefit the domestic industry.

      * – NRA endorsed Paul Kanjorski over Lou Barletta, and semi-endorsed Harry Reid over Sharron Angle.

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

       I am wondering if you and Anon up higher keep up on NRA issues.  The concealed carry laws just won reciprocity in all but just two states.  In the past few years, castle law and stand your ground laws have been enacted.  They are coming to the test now because they were passed to give victims a chance against these arrogant black teens and young adults.  The only worry is that things will go backward, but the Liberals aren’t anywhere near being able to challenge Second Amendment rights.

    • Dave4088

      Both organizations do good work but neither of them will ever discuss the racial aspect of most violent crimes, nor do they seem to realize that the vast majority of support for the second amendment comes from the white segment of the population.  Gun rights never has and never will be a rainbow coalition.   

  • If you have a strong stomach, check out the photo at the top of this article. A bunch of bleeding-heart white pansies demanding repeal of the only law standing between them and hordes of black robbers, rapists and murderers. Now you know why they’re called “cheeseheads.”

    I forgot to mention in an earlier post that the USCCA has a shield program available for its members. It provides legal assistance if you ever have to use your gun in self-defense. I signed up for it last year. Mr. Zimmerman in Sanford now wishes he had.