Posted: Thu 6:12 PM, Dec 20, 2012
Updated: Thu 6:15 PM, Dec 20, 2012
Chris Smith, (D) – Fort Lauderdale, filed a senate bill revising Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law as a response to the death of Trayvon Martin earlier this year.
The proposal says that armed citizens would not be able to automatically cite “stand your ground” protections if they provoke or pursue assailants following confrontations. It would also allow law enforcement officers to arrest suspects who invoke the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law under questionable circumstances.
“”They’ve (Trayvon Martin’s family) always maintained that it is asinine that you can pursue, be the aggressor, and then shoot and kill somebody and then say that you were standing your ground, to that end, they welcome legislation to address these issues,” said Martin family attorney Ben Crump.
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman accused of killing Trayvon Martin, is using ‘Stand Your Ground’ in his case. A task force set up by Governor Rick Scott earlier this year suggested only minor changes to the law.