M-D Commission Asks Tallahassee To Overturn Stand Your Ground

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida, the Miami-Dade Commission passed a resolution Tuesday asking the Florida Legislature to repeal the “Stand Your Ground” law currently on the books.

Martin, 17, was shot by George Zimmerman who has claimed self-defense under the Stand Your Ground statute that allows a person to use deadly force to protect themselves in almost any situation. Before the law was passed in 2005, the stand your ground provision only applied to your home.

According to Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan’s resolution, there have been 130 incidents in Florida since the law was passed, with 37 of those incidents occurring in the last 18 months. In many of those cases involving a fatality, no criminal charges were filed, according to Jordan.

“Trayvon Martin’s death has forced us as elected officials and as a community to re-evaluate the effectiveness of ‘Stand Your Ground’. A young man is dead without cause and the nation is outraged that justice has not been served,” said Commissioner Jordan. “The language of the statute is far too broad and there is no consistency in how it’s applied. How can our police officers and state attorneys investigate and prosecute a case involving ‘Stand Your Ground’ when the law is so vague? It needs to be repealed.”

At the same time, Florida state Senator Chris Smith announced that he has formed a task force of his own that will start working on Thursday in Ft. Lauderdale to review the Stand Your Ground statute.

The public will be allowed to speak at Senator Smith’s task force meeting. Among those selected for his task force include: Ft. Laud. Police Chief Frank Adderley, Broward State Attorney Mike Satz, Former U.S. Attorney Dan Gelber, and others.

The meeting will be held Thursday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Broward County Main Library’s first floor auditorium. The library is located at 101 South Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

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    1. Career Soldier says:

      Commissioner Jordan is hopelessly wrong about two things: first, we DON’T know that Trayvon Marin is “…dead without cause,” nor do we yet know whether “…justice has been served.”

      There is also no apparent claim Zimmerman can make in his own defense regarding “stand your ground,” when he had been advised by the police not to pursue Martin, but elected to do so anyway.

      Finally, the vast majority of justifiable homicides have been committed by law enforcement officers, not private citizens, let alone private citizens citing “stand your ground.”

      If Commissioner Jordan wants to do something to improve public safety, how about addressing the real issue here: why blacks continue to murder other blacks at astronomical rates in this country. It may have escaped her, but that’s against the law, too.

  1. Roger Keith says:

    Typical knee-jerk reaction by the commission. There are many laws that are flawed and have probably harmed someone but they don’t get repealed.

    What happened to Trayvon was a tragic occurance and most would agree murder.The commissioners should handle business for the entire county at large and Sanford should proceed accordingly. I hope justice prevails. RIP Trayvon

  2. RAND RANDD says:

    ASK GOVERNOR BALDY THE CHANCES THE NRA WILL LET HIM REPEAL THAT LAW—-

  3. RAND RANDD says:

    GUNS ARE VERY PROFITABLE FOR FLORIDA—THEY GET TAXED-THEY PROVIDE DEALER INCENTIVES-AND THEY TAX OUT OF WORK SECURITY GUARDS TO MAINTAIN THEIR GIN PERMITS AND THE CIVILIAN CARRY CONCEALED WEAPON PERMIT—ALL ADD UP TO BIG BUCKS—AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES LEGISLATION GET PASSED–

    1. Steve says:

      What made the legislation get passed are people in FL fed up with laws that simply act as OSHA protection for criminals. There is absolutely nothing in the stand your ground statute that permits deadly force in public places absent reasonable fear that you are in danger of death or great bodily harm. If Zimmerman prevails under that law it’s because he met that burden which will pretty well mean that Martin got what he deserved. If Zimmerman can’t meet that burden then he can’t prevail under stand your ground. The only people in danger from stand your ground are criminals.

  4. CINDY WASHINGTON says:

    137 incidents Compared to how many NEW Gangs, strip clugs and wanna be ganster stealing identities,, disrepectingthe elderly(several robbed in daylight on a local park), and pimps who are in search of prositutes not to mention prostitutes them selves. I favor the stand your ground law I bet you all own a gun stop being a hypocrite. If your life is being threathen race do not matter, the perepntraor either only thing matters at that time to a person is that they survive.I AM A NRA ADVOCATE!!!!! This law make s person think twice about attacking the elderly or someone they think they can take advantage of I ain’t elderly yet and if i stand my ground with a little metal force if necessary I will be.

  5. Steve says:

    How do we know he is dead without cause? Witness statements back up Zimmerman’s claim that Martin was on top of him at the time of the shooting and observations in the police report note injuries consistent with his claims of Martin’s attack on him. On top of that there is absolutely nothing in the ‘stand your ground’ statute that permits deadly force in public places absent a reasonable fear of death or great bodily injury. 99% of the people whining about ‘stand your ground’ have never even read the statute. This is just public grandstanding by ignorant knee-jerk reaction politicians to pander for votes from equally ignorant constituents.

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