The Republican state representative who wrote Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground” law said on Friday that he did not mean it to cover killings such as the Trayvon Martin case.
Rep. Dennis Baxley wrote, “This law does not seem to be applicable to the tragedy that happened in Sanford,” in an opinion piece for Fox News.
“There is nothing . . . in Florida statutes that authenticates or provides for the opportunity to pursue and confront individuals, it simply protects those who would be potential victims by allowing for force to be used in self-defense.”
Martin, 17, was killed on Feb. 26 as he returned from a store after buying Skittles and iced tea for his brother. He was black. His shooter, George Zimmerman, a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain claims he shot Martin in self-defense, and has not been arrested, although many suspect the act was racially motivated.
Zimmerman had called 911 to report a suspicious person. The dispatcher specifically told him not to follow Martin, advice he seems to have ignored. The case has caused outrage with national civil rights leaders including Al Sharpton and NAACP leader Ben Jealous traveling to Sanford, a suburb of Orlando, to lead protests