Trayvon Martin’s Family Issues Statement About Florida Senate Bill

Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin and their attorney, Benjamin Crump, released a statement today regarding the advancement of a bill intended to change the state’s stand your ground law:

Tracy Martin & Sybrina Fulton

Today in Tallahassee the democratic process won out and a first compromise was reached,” said Attorney Benjamin Crump who represents Trayvon Martin’s family.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-2 to forward a bill that made some important changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. This will ensure proper investigations are conducted even when Stand Your Ground is claimed, involve police and sheriff departments in training Neighborhood Watch programs and most importantly tighten the use of the law when aggressors claim it.

“I see this as an important first step in making sure that Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law properly protects victims and applaud the committee for taking this first step” said Crump. “In light of current events in Washington D.C., It is refreshing to see legislators compromising and working together so that Florida’s citizens are protected.”

“Tracy and I have said from the beginning that our hope is that the tragedy of Trayvon’s death can be turned into real change so that other parents don’t have to experience the grief we have endured” said Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin. “The work here is not done and we fear an uphill battle going forward to achieve real change in our son’s name. We encourage everyone to help us ensure real change for Trayvon occurs in Florida and other states across the country”.

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