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Fox News reported on Friday, March 1st, that a state task force concluded that
Florida’s “stand your ground law” works and should not
be overturned. However, the task force suggested that the standards for
neighborhood watch groups should be looked at by the Legislature.
“Governor Rick Scott’s office released a 44-page report saying
that Florida residents had a right to feel safe and secure and had a fundamental
right to defend themselves from attack,” Fox News reported. This
task force was initiated because the parents of Trayvon Martin, a teenager
who was shot and killed a year ago by a neighborhood watch volunteer,
George Zimmerman, had asked the task force to change the 2005 law to make
it harder for someone who starts a fight to use a self-defense argument.
When the task force issued their final report, they concluded that Florida
“stand your ground law” is fine as is; but several minor recommendations
were suggested. The task force recommended that the role of neighborhood
watch participants should be limited to observing, not pursuing, confronting
or provoking potential suspects.
It’s been just over a year since Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch
volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin, and
the case remains as divisive and confounding as ever.
Florida’s “stand your ground law” states:
“A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked
in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat
and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force,
including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary
to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or
another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”
The second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the killing
of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, is tentatively set for June 10, 2013.
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