Protestors Crowd Tallahassee in Opposition to Stand Your Ground Law

By: Troy Kinsey
By: Troy Kinsey

Hundreds of protestors crowded the Florida State Capitol steps Wednesday.

The rally, endorsed by Trayvon Martn's parents, called for increased pressure on Governor Scott and legislative leaders to do something about the state's Stand Your Ground law.

George Zimmerman is using that law as his defense in the shooting death of the 17-year-old in February.

Protestors say if not for Stand Your Ground, Zimmerman would be in jail. So they're calling for the law to be overhauled or eliminated completely.

The governor has appointed a task force to look at that possibility, but he won't allow it to meet until the Martin investigation is complete. That decision has been met with criticism.

"Now is not the time to slow down - now is the time for justice!" said Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee. "To Governor Scott, if you can hear me, we want justice in this case!"

Governor Scott says he agrees even if his timetable looks different.

"You don't know what's going to come out of [the investigation], but I just don't want this to ever happen again," he said.

The rally comes just one day after a south Florida democratic senator announced he's forming a task force of his own. That group is scheduled to meet Thursday in Fort Lauderdale.


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  • by Lou Location: Dothan, Al. on Apr 5, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    I don't care if your White like I am or Black or Hispanic. If you come at me or my family and intend to assault us with bodily harm you will die of lead poisoning ;-) PERIOD! I don't care if they repeal the law or not. I'd rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6. I personally think we should be able to strap on a six like the old west, that way a person knows your not playing around.
  • by Drunk Tom Location: Somewhere on Apr 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM
    Well I hope Zimmerman is a strong man cause he's going to have to carry Trayvon all his life. Trayvon will never be put down, he will be a burden around his neck. Go ahead shout loud as you can, SELF DEFENSE. Zimmerman and his people are the only ones hearing it. They can hear what he says but for how long will they hear it ? In time they themselves will know the truth.So go ahead shout out, SELF DEFENSE. We all know it's not true.He murdered Trayvon and he knows it.
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