Trayvon Protestors Give Up 31 Day “Stand Your Ground” Protest
After a 31 day sit-in protest of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self defense law, the group known as the Dream Defenders is heading home.
The group instituted the sit-in four days after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. A Florida jury found that Zimmerman acted in self defense when he shot Martin.
Zimmerman did not argue a stand your ground defense, but the language of the law was included in the jury instructions.
According to Yahoo,
“I say to the young people here, you’re ending a protest because you started a movement,” Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP, said at a news conference in the Capitol rotunda.
“That movement is going to reverberate across the state of Florida and eventually to the adjoining states, until all of America knows something about the strength and the power that was demonstrated here.”
The group had been living and sleeping at the state capitol for the last 31 days and were demanding that FL Governor Rick Scott call a special session of the legislature to revisit the 2005 Florida self defense law.
Following the 2012 Martin shooting, Scott appointed a panel to review the law, who ultimately found no reason to change it.
Hat Tip: Guns.com