Stand Your Ground
A panel of Florida legislators on Thursday easily defeated an effort to repeal the state’s controversial “stand your ground law” Thursday following hours of passionate testimony.
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, is telling a Senate panel Tuesday that states must clarify their “stand your ground” self-defense laws.
Lawmakers are considering changes to the “stand your ground” law that came under scrutiny after a neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot an unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
A month-long protest at the Florida Capitol following the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is resulting in overtime expenses of nearly $173,000.
A standoff between protesters and Gov. Rick Scott is showing no signs of ending anytime soon.
Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the Florida governor’s office, the jury’s verdict that George Zimmerman was justified in shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is unlikely to spur change to any of the nation’s stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
Protesters angered by the acquittal of George Zimmerman remained firmly in place at the Florida Capitol for a fourth straight day and repeated that they have no plans to leave, choosing to stay locked in for the weekend.
Protesters who set up camp in the state Capitol building earlier this week finally got to meet with Gov. Rick Scott late Thursday, and they urged him to push for the repeal of Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law and to take steps to combat racial profiling.
Citing concern over the killing of Trayvon Martin in central Florida, Attorney General Eric Holder said stand-your-ground laws, which allow a person who believes they are in danger to use deadly force, should be reassessed.
Dozens of protesters carrying signs demanding justice for Trayvon Martin crammed into the lobby of Gov. Rick Scott’s office Tuesday and refused to leave until the governor either met with them or called lawmakers back to the Capitol to address issues like the state’s “stand your ground” law.