On Tuesday the Florida Senate approved a bill to make amend the state’s “Stand Your Ground,” law, which many see as primarily responsible for George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin murder trial. Among the amendments are regulations that law enforcement will instruct neighborhood watch participants not to pursue suspects. The amendments also clarify language that agressors cannot use “Stand Your Ground” as a defense. But considering the broad legislative support for the law, it seems unlikely these amendments will ultimately be adopted.
And while the Senate is looking to amend, others are moving to repeal. In August, the Dream Defenders introduced “Trayvon’s Law,” and State Rep. Alan Williams refiled an earlier petition to overturn the law, saying reforming the legislation is not enough. A recent study showed that homicide rates increase in states where “Stand Your Ground” are used, and that those who use the law as a defense more often acquitted when the victim is black.