PHOENIX - The mother of Trayvon Martin wants to change Arizona’s version of the “Stand Your Ground” law.
Sybrina Fulton believes Florida’s law played a role in the jury finding her son’s killer not guilty of murder.
“I think the laws have to be changed so that we don't let people get away with murder,” she said, “because that’s what happened, he got away with murder.”
Fulton wants all the “Stand Your Ground” laws nationwide to be amended so that the person who is labeled the initial aggressor cannot use the law to protect themselves during the trial phase.
George Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge in Trayvon Martin's death. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, said he shot Martin in self-defense in a fight that started after he called police to report that the 17-year-old was acting suspicious.
Fulton indicated to a crowd at Steele Indian School Park that God has chosen her family to help change laws and prevent racial profiling.
“I said, 'God, please make sure the person who shot and killed my son be held accountable,' but God had other plans because if [Zimmerman] would have been convicted, that would be the end of the story, and I would not be sitting here now.”
Ultimately, the Zimmerman defense team did not focus on “Stand Your Ground,” but rather “Self-Defense” as the official defense.
Fulton said she is visiting all the states that have a “Stand Your Ground” law asking for the modification.
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