TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- One year ago today, a neighborhood watch volunteer shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death in Sanford, sparking a debate on Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law and race in America.
Florida State University students rallied in honor of Trayvon Martin on Tuesday and called for a repeal of the Stand Your Ground law, which allows people to use deadly force if they feel a serious threat.
George Zimmerman, who is charged with the death of Martin, is waiting for a hearing on whether he can avoid prosecution under the Stand Your Ground law.
Students at the rally wore hoodies in honor of Trayvon Martin and they held signs such as, "Repeal Stand Your Ground" and "We have nothing to lose but our chains."
A group called the Dream Defenders organized the rally. Spokesman Michael Sampson said they would work to eliminate the Stand Your Ground law.
"Stand Your Ground gives people a reason to kill black and brown youth and that's something we can't have as a country and as a state so Stand Your Ground should be repealed."
A task force appointed by Gov. Rick Scott issued a report last week that concluded the Stand Your Ground law was a good law and should not be overturned.
The report goes to the Florida Legislature as it convenes for its spring session next week. Lawmakers will consider the suggestions as they take a look at whether the law should be changed or eliminated.
First Coast News