Before George Zimmerman was arrested and charged for the murder of Trayvon Martin, many people wondered whether the outcome would have been different had the races been reversed.
The answer to that question can be found in Kennesaw, Georgia, where John McNeil, a black man, was serving a of life sentence for the shooting death of Brian Epp, an armed white man who attacked him and his son at their home.
Police released McNeil immediately after the altercation, concluding he had acted in self-defense. Adding to this determination was Georgia’s Stand Your Ground law and Castle Doctrine, a law that specifically justifies the use of deadly force in defense of one’s home. In fact, Beauchamp points out in the documentary that it’s a crime not to have a gun in Kennesaw, Georgia.
In spite of all this, nearly a year later the Cobb County prosecutor chose to charge McNeil with murder and in 2006 he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.