Florida Task Force Says Stand Your Ground Law Works

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Florida Task Force Says Stand Your Ground Law Works

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office says the stand your ground law should not be overturned and is recommending legislators look at neighborhood watch groups.

Published February 25, 2013

A Florida task force says the "stand your ground law" works and gives people the right to defend themselves if being attacked. The law allows people to use deadly force when they consider themselves in imminent danger.

The Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection released a 44-page report Friday stating that the law should not be overturned, but they are recommending that legislators change the standards of neighborhood watch groups. 

The parents of Trayvon Martin, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, asked the task force to amend the law after their son was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman last February.

The Miami Herald reports:

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton asked the task force last June to support a "Trayvon Martin amendment" to the law, which would make it harder for someone who starts a fight to use a self-defense argument under the law.

"Just review and amend it," Fulton said then. "I had to bury my son at 17. He was committing no crime. He was doing no wrong."

Zimmerman claims self-defense. He has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge.

The 19-member Task Force on Citizens Safety and Protection, which held meetings in seven different Florida cities, recommended to Scott and the Legislature that the role of neighborhood watch participants should be limited to observing, not pursuing, confronting or provoking potential suspects.

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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