More than 300,000 Floridians protested the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law Tuesday during the public’s first chance to comment on the law.The parents of Trayvon Martin, a teenager shot to death earlier this year, dropped off a petition containing 375,000 signatures asking for the law to be repealed, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
“I had to bury my son who was 17,” Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton said, according to the Sentinel. “He was breaking no law. He had done nothing wrong. … Something is seriously wrong when a minor child is dead right now, and there’s a man who’s using the law to defend killing him.”
After shooting the teen, neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman invoked Florida’s Stand Your Ground law as a defence, claiming he felt he was in danger at the time of the shooting.
Following the wake of the shooting, which made national headlines, Florida Gov. Rick Scott created a task force to review the law.
The task force met for the second time Monday, the Sentinel reported. Tuesday was the first time the public was able to comment.
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