TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The mother of a teenager who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer is pleading with lawmakers to fix the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, is asking lawmakers to change the law and says more families will have to suffer through her type of pain before something is done.
She said, “How many times are we going to bury our loved ones and not do anything about it. It is important that we do something about this law. As a parent, I just don’t quite understand how someone can be a make-believe cop, pursue my son, who had every right to be in that neighborhood, chase him, get in a confrontation with him, shoot and kill him and not be arrested. Something has to be done.”
The “Stand Your Ground” law has been invoked in defense of George Zimmerman, the man who killed Martin.
Currently, the law allows anyone to use deadly force in public if they feel seriously threatened.
Benjamin Crump, Fulton’s Attorney, said, “This ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is far too vague to protect killers and, as we have now seen in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin, every Tom, Dick and Harry who kills somebody is saying, ‘I was standing my ground.’ We simply have to make this law better.”
George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder.
A trial is scheduled later this year.