State Senator: Dems will try to amend Florida's stand your ground law next year

03/21/12 Seán Kinane
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Rev. Charles McKenzie.


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Late last month 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot in a gated community in Sanford; the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self defense. But in 911 calls released this week, a child can be heard calling for help, the operator instructed Zimmerman to stop pursuing Martin. Zimmerman has not been arrested, but a grand jury will convene next week. Sanford Police say they have not charged Zimmerman because he claimed self defense under Florida’s “stand your ground” law. Many people in the community are outraged.

Martin’s parents plan to attend a march tonight in New York City called the Million Hoodie March.

Joining us was Rev. Charles McKenzie, with the Rainbow PUSH coalition.

We were also joined on the phone by state Senator Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) who said Senator Chris Smith plans to try to amend the "stand your ground" law next year.

Thursday March 22 at 7 p.m. there’s a rally at the Sanford First Shiloh Baptist Church. A caravan is leaving tomorrow afternoon from Occupy Tampa’s Voice of Freedom Park.

Next Saturday March 31 the Florida State Conference of the NAACP hosts a march and rally at 11 a.m. in Sanford

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