Task Force on 'Stand Your Ground' Heading to Sanford in June
Members of the Citizens Safety and Protection Task Force said they didn’t want to make the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case the focal point of their review of self-defense laws.
But members of the statewide committee agreed to hold their group's first public input road meeting in Sanford on June 12.
“All over the state there are individuals who have utilized this justifiable use of force,” said Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who chairs the committee, after the task force’s first meeting, a five-hour organizational affair at the Florida Department of Transportation headquarters in Tallahassee.
“Anybody can make that claim to anywhere, but we have to go where the people are, where the concerns are, where the issues are, so we can get the public testimony necessary so that we can have the factual data to support any recommendations that we present to the governor and Legislature.”
Martin, 17, was shot by neighborhood watchman Zimmerman, 28, on Feb. 26 in Sanford. Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder, has claimed self-defense under the state’s Stand Your Ground law.