Last year, our son Trayvon Martin was
stalked, chased down and killed by George Zimmerman, and Zimmerman received
no punishment whatsoever. That’s in large part because Florida is one of at
least 21 states with some form of ‘Stand Your Ground’ law which enables people
like George Zimmerman to claim self-defense.
‘Stand Your Ground’ was never meant to give
aggressors the opportunity to get away with murder, but that is what happened
when our son Trayvon was killed. After Trayvon’s death, law enforcement used the
law as an excuse to refuse to arrest George Zimmerman. Even worse, the jury in
the case was instructed to think of what Zimmerman did as self-defense, even
though Zimmerman ignored instructions from the police and instigated conflict
with our son, who was just trying to get home to his father.
We are shocked and heartbroken by the jury’s
decision to allow our son’s killer to go free. Despite our despair, we must
honor Trayvon’s legacy by doing all that we can to protect other young people
from being targeted, pursued, and senselessly murdered.
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