No Major Changes for Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground was given national scrutiny last February after neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman had been told not to follow Martin.

“Ok, we don't need you to do that," said a 911 Dispatch Operator in a 9-1-1 call with police.

"This task force is not here to try the Zimmerman-Martin case,” said Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll.

Now, after seven public hearings, A Citizens Safety and Protection Task Force say the law is mostly fine.

The task force recommends increased training for law enforcement and judges. It also wants neighborhood watch volunteers to be limited by law to observing, watching and reporting potential criminal activity.

After a Jacksonville woman got 20 years for firing a gun in what she claimed was self defense, the task force wants to clarify that 10-20-Life doesn’t apply in self defense cases.

Critics complain task force was stacked from the beginning, because four of its members voted for Stand Your Ground.

The attorney for Trayvon Martin's family says the recommendations send the wrong message.

"It sends the message that you can be a vigilante. It's ok you don't have to wait and let police do their job. It's a law in search of problem," said Attorney Ben Crump.

State Senator Chris Smith has plans to file legislation repealing Stand Your Ground.

The task force also wants more study of how the law is applied when it comes to gender and race and says the law is unclear. Also, Police should know they have the right to investigate when someone invokes Stand Your Ground.


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