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'Stand Your Ground' law stemmed from Pensacola case
FLORIDA -- Delegates are gathered for the annual NAACP convention in Orlando. They have a renewed agenda in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. New questions over the Stand Your Ground law. Attorney General Eric Holder took aim over the law today. He is asking for a nation-wide review of Stand Your Ground laws. He says the law encourages confrontation, and it must be examined further.
"We must stand our ground,” said Holder.
Attorney General Eric holder received a round of applause at the NAACP convention, as he called for a review on "stand your ground" laws. He said his department is also reviewing the possibility of bringing federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
"These laws try to fix something that was never broken... If no safe retreat is available," he said.
The stand your ground law stemmed from a 2004 case right here in Pensacola.
James Workman, 77, found a man prowling around his home. To protect his wife and property, he shot and killed him. This is what he said in an interview with Channel Three shortly after the incident.
"I saw him enter the trailer... And so I just had to shoot him," Workman said.
He was not prosecuted for his actions. But the law has stirred many debates throughout the years.
Lance Martin thinks it shouldn't be changed.
"I really think it's over regulated. I feel like we should be able to walk around with our guns on our hips and it be a better society for it, “Martin said.
But others think a review is needed and the lines are too blurry.
Bertha Abney said, "It's too wide and people interpret it any way they want to.... and how far you're going to extent that,"
More than 30 states have some sort of Stand Your Ground law. As far as prosecuting Zimmerman on civil rights charges... A NAACP petition demanding the case has hit one million signatures.