On Saturday, July 13, 2013, a six-person jury in Sanford, Florida changed the world. The murder trial against Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, garnered substantial international attention because of the facts of the case and the challenges it presented to race relations in America.
Florida's Stand Your Ground law was immediately a point of discussion as the Sanford Police Department took more than 40 days to arrest and charge George Zimmerman with the murder of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. Although George Zimmerman never asserted a Stand Your Ground defense, the policy influenced discussions on the matter (and even the jury instructions).
Stand Your Ground is not only a problem in Florida when you consider Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, or Marissa Alexander who was on the other side of the gun and as a result is currently serving a 20-year sentence for firing a warning shot to prevent yet another domestic violence incident with her husband.
As a result of Stand Your Ground in Florida, according to a Tampa Bay Times article, people who killed an African American walked free 73 percent of the time, while those who killed a Caucasian walked 59 percent of the time.
A similar version of this bill to repeal the Stand Your Ground Law will be reintroduced when the Florida Legislature reconvenes: http://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h4009__.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=4009&Session=2013.
Additionally, state legislators in several states that have Stand Your Ground laws will also introduce legislation to repeal Stand Your Ground laws.
Will you Stand YOUR Ground? Join us!
Stand Your Ground States:
WA, OR, AK, ID, MT, WY, UT, AZ, ND, SD, KS, OK, TX, LA, MS, GA, AL, FL, SC, IA, MO, WI, IL, TN, MI, WI, IN, KY, OH, PA, WY, RI, CT
Please tell your state legislators to support the Stand Your Ground repeal efforts!
Find your state legislators here: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/