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Local Leaders take action against 'Stand Your Ground' law

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Updated: 7/19/2013 6:28 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local leaders are taking action to push for changes to the 'Stand Your Ground' law. Sen. Audrey Gibson, Rep. Mia Jones, Rep. Reggie Fullwood, Neil Henrichsen, Chair of the Duval Democratic Executive Committee, Justin Spiller, 2nd vice-chair of the Duval Democratic Executive Committee - vice-chair FDP, Isaiah Rumlin, NAACP, Pastors and other community leaders held a press conference Friday at the Duval County Courthouse asking for change in the language of the 'Stand Your Ground'.

It's all in response to the community concerns over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

"We fund it. We legislate it and we should make the changes," says Gibson.

They say the language was read to jurors in the Zimmerman trial although the trial was not based on the law at all. Along with language, the group is asking that the aggressor not be given immunity with the law, the number of jurors is changed from six to twelve, and new guidelines are also put in place for neighborhood watch captains.

"When you see a flawed law, fix it," said Jones.

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concernedone20 - 7/19/2013 6:03 PM
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Make your voice heard hear!

HighLife - 7/19/2013 2:18 PM
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Better headline: local black leaders take action..... When Mia Jones says ""When you see a flawed law, fix it," I have to wonder what is talking about? The Zimmerman trial had nothing to do with SYG. The defense was classic self-defense. What, Mia, is the flaw in the law you see exposed by the Zimmerman case? What "fix" do you think is needed? Surely, you don't have a problem with self-defense, do you? Mia's position seems to be a response to Congresswoman Brown's call that there's a problem with SYG and it needs to be fixed--again, without stating what the problem is with a law that didn't apply in the most recent case. Mia, Corrine, this isn't leadership. This is pandering. A responsible leader would admit there is no problem, and encourage teens of all colors that attacking someone isn't an acceptable response to the question (if one were even asked), "Who are you and what are you doing?"
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