No meeting with Trayvon Martin's parents, Florida task force says
Trayvon Martin's parents say Florida residents who initiate confrontations should not be allowed to invoke the state's "stand your ground law," which allows individuals to use deadly force if they feel they are at risk of being killed or seriously injured.
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton appeared Tuesday before a task force that Gov. Rick Scott established to review the contentious law. Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman during an altercation.
"What this law is saying to us is it's okay to be a vigilante in our society today...and the public is not going to stand around for it and we're certainly not going to stand around for it," Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, says.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge. The Martins allege Zimmerman started the confrontation.
They say they will present the Citizen Safety and Protection task force with a 300,000-signature petition asking for the law to be repealed, or reformed to exclude those who initiate confrontations.
Meanwhile, just released court documents explain why the judge revoked Zimmerman's bond. Clearly offended by lies about finances, he wrote "(zimmerman) he has now demonstrated that he does not properly respect the law or the integrity of the judicial process" adding the only factors that "heavily weigh in his favor" are that he "turned himself in."
Troubling for Zimmerman, since he'd have to convince the very same judge that the Stand Your Ground law should apply in this case.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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