Rev. Al Sharpton, Tom Joyner to lead Stand Your Ground protest
The Rev. Al Sharpton, radio personality Tom Joyner and the parents of slain teenagers Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis will lead a march and rally against Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.
The rally is set to take place in Tallahassee on Monday.
Also participating are family members of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy whose killing in 1955 helped spark the civil rights movement, and Tallahassee attorneys Ben Crump and Daryl Parks, who represent Trayvon’s family. […]
Sharpton said he wants to inform lawmakers about the national ramifications of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
“Florida was the first state to have (such) a law, signed by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2005, and it spread out to over 20 states,” Sharpton said. “So now we must repeal it in Florida to change it all over the country.”
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Feb. 2012 by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, who claimed self defense, was acquitted of the crime last July.
Jordan Davis died in Nov. 2012, after Michael Dunn fired 10 times into his vehicle. Dunn was found guilty on 3 counts of attempted murder, but a jury could not conclude on whether or not he was guilty of killing Davis.
Protesters will march at 9:30 a.m. from the Civic Center to the Capitol.
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