Trayvon Martin's Mother: Repeal Stand-Ground Law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release
By: CURT ANDERSON

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and a prominent black lawyers' organization are keeping up the pressure for repeal of "stand your ground" self-defense laws.

Sybrina Fulton joined the call Monday with top officials of the National Bar Association, which is holding its annual convention in Miami Beach. Fulton says she believes neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman got away with murder when he shot Martin in Sanford last year.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder earlier this month. He claimed he was acting in self-defense when he shot Martin because the unarmed 17-year-old attacked him. Many critics have said they believe Zimmerman profiled Martin because he was black.

Florida lawmakers say it is unlikely the state's "stand your ground" law will be repealed.

Federal officials are reviewing whether to charge Zimmerman with violating Martin's civil rights.


Associated Press Release

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Trayvon Martin's parents are scheduled to hold a news conference in Miami Beach.

Martin's parents, their attorney Benjamin Crump and members of the National Bar Association are set to meet with reporters Monday morning. They are expected to discuss their plans to address what they say are inequalities in the U.S. justice system.

The National Bar Association is a group composed primarily of African-American lawyers.

George Zimmerman was acquitted this month of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin's 2012 death. Zimmerman said he shot at the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense.

The verdict sparked protests and calls for federal officials to charge Zimmerman with violating Martin's civil rights. Federal officials are reviewing the case.


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