Florida legislators advanced changes to the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law amid series of protests following the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
The current law allows citizens to use “deadly force” without trying to retreat if they feel their lives are being threatened.
In July, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty for the murder of Trayvon Martin. While Zimmerman did not rely on “Stand Your Ground” for his defense, his trial has brought to light the law.
The bill would require sheriffs and city police departments to set guidelines for “neighborhood watch” programs like Zimmerman’s and to restrict members to observing and reporting suspected crimes.[...] the bill would also prohibit people who are the “aggressors” in confrontations from then claiming “stand your ground” immunity.