Rick Scott on New Black Panthers: 'No Need for Vigilantes in this State'
Gov. Rick Scott wouldn’t say if a state investigation is underway into the $10,000 bounty the New Black Panther Party placed on the apprehension of George Zimmerman prior to his arrest in the Feb. 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford.
But Scott said "any time someone is putting a bounty on someone's head you ought to be looking at that" and there is “no need for vigilantes in this state,” when speaking on WOKV 690 AM in Jacksonville Tuesday morning.
Scott also defended the work of State Attorney Angela Corey, whom he appointed to investigate the shooting of 17-year-old Martin.
“We’re doing the right thing,” said Scott, noting that Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder.
Scott has also said he hopes the task force looking into the Stand Your Ground law and other personal self-defense laws soon gets underway.
Zimmerman, 28, claimed he acted in self-defense under the state’s Stand Your Ground law in what escalated into a nationwide, racially charged case.
Last month Scott announced that Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll would head a task force to conduct public hearings on Stand Your Ground that would begin after state and federal investigators complete their investigation into the shooting.
The committee awaits appointments by state Senate and House leadership.
Katie Betta, spokeswoman for House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, released a statement Monday saying the House appointment could be made this week.