Trayvon's Mother: Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder'

Monday, 29 Jul 2013 05:41 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Trayvon Martin's mother said Monday that Florida's Stand Your Ground law allowed her son's shooter "to get a away with murder," although she's not yet ready to call for a boycott of Florida for not changing the controversial self-defense law.

"The thing about this law is I just think it assisted the person who killed my son to get away with murder," Sybrina Fulton told the National Bar Association in Miami Beach, Florida, The Miami Herald reports.

"I think we have to change these laws so people don't get away with murder," she said.

She explained that her son was unarmed and peacefully walking to his dad's house when he was pursued by George Zimmerman, who was recently acquitted in his death by pleading self-defense as the reason why he shot the 17-year-old teenager.

Although the Miami Herald notes that Zimmerman's defense team did not make a strong use of the Stand Your Ground law saying that a simple self-defense explanation was all that was necessary to make their case.

And out of the two jurors that have spoken up publicly, only one made a reference to the law saying that it was a factor in her decision in Zimmerman's acquittal.

Stand Your Ground self-defense laws allow a person to use deadly force without having to retreat.

The National Bar Association is asking legislators in Florida to repeal or amend the Stand Your Ground law in the Sunshine State.

Governor Rick Scott of Florida and Republican legislators say that since the law passed in 2005, that the violent crime rate has fallen and most Floridians support the law.

However, others have pointed out that justifiable homicides have gone up.

John Page, who is a black lawyer and president of the National Bar Association said Monday that blacks are disproportionately affected by laws that allow for more shootings.

Crime expert John Lott told Newsmax TV last week that blacks usually benefit the most from such laws.

"Blacks who live in high-crime urban areas are the people most likely to be victims of violent crime in the U.S. and it would be great if the police were able to protect them all the time but they can't," Lott said.

Some celebrities such as Stevie Wonder have said they are going to boycott Florida until they change their Stand Your Ground laws.

Fulton would not say whether or not she supported the boycott, but that it was something people could choose to do.

"I can't say that I'm in support of it, but not in support of it," she said. "But I think people have a right to free speech. And if that's their way of showing how they feel, to express themselves about the verdict, then I think that's something they can do."

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