Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Panel Sets First Meeting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott’s task force on Florida’s self-defense laws, including what’s known as the “stand your ground” law, has set its first meeting for May 1.

The governor’s office on Tuesday announced the meeting will be held at the Florida Department of Transportation’s headquarters in Tallahassee.

It will focus on administrative matters and no public comment will be taken, but it will be streamed live by the Florida Channel at http://thefloridachannel.org .

Scott created the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in Sanford by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Authorities initially declined to charge Zimmerman, citing the “stand your ground” law. It repealed a requirement to retreat before using deadly force for self-protection.

A special prosecutor later charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 

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