As the investigation into the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin heats up, many are questioning whether or not Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law is to blame.

After shooting Martin, George Zimmerman claimed self-defense, and police failed to investigate the case or arrest him, citing the law. Now, the sponsors of the statue are speaking out and they feel that Sanford PD’s application of the law in this case in unwarranted.

According to former state Sen. Durell Peaden and current state Rep. Dennis Baxley, who sponsored the bill in 2005,  the law was “designed to protect citizens by giving them the right to ‘meet force with force,” not allow someone to pursue another person, confront them, and kill them.

Peaden made it clear he feels Zimmerman doesn’t qualify for the law, “They got the goods on him. They need to prosecute whoever shot the kid. He has no protection under my law.”

Peaden continues, “The guy lost his defense right then when he said ‘I’m following him,’ he lost his defense.”

Baxter agrees with his colleagues assessment, but isn’t ready to throw out the law all together. He said that changes need to be made to ensure people like Zimmerman cannot claim to qualify for the statute.

“If you want to pass something, pass something that limits their ability to pursue and confront people,” Baxley said.

It’s been nearly a month since Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, and he remains free.

Tuesday the Department of Justice Civil Rights division announced they were opening an investigation and the Florida state attorney announced they would be convening a grand jury on April 10.

  • Dalili

    Seems everyone but the Sanford police understands that!

  • Sasha

    Peaden continues, “The guy lost his defense right then when he said ‘I’m following him,’ he lost his defense.”

    -That pretty much sums it up. This case is open and shut.

  • http://www.theputonputon.tumblr.com Trey

    Too little too late,

    If we are being honest with ourselves, Trayvon Martin died because he was young, black, profiled and in the wrong place at the wrong time. If we continue to be honest with ourselves, Trayvon’s killer has not yet been arrested, because he is lucky enough to live in a State with lax laws that permit deadly force on unarmed people. Going a step further, but certainly not too far, it is reasonable to also draw the conclusion that the presence of “Stand your ground” laws around the country, are a result of a concerted effort, by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), to squander the rights of, and de-humanize anyone who is not a white male. So if you’re following, I’m blaming George Zimmerman, the state legislature of Florida, AND anyone involved in ALEC for the death of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman (hereafter Trayvon’s murderer) pulled the trigger, but the people who passed this law, knowing full well the consequences of it, may as well have loaded his gun.
    People can water down this case with PC arguments about justice and legal rhetoric. But for me, any feeling or possibility of justice went out the window the second Trayvon breathed his last breath.

  • Alexandra

    As mentioned above, how can anyone agree to his self-defense claim, when he approached the boy? He didn’t have any ‘grounds’ at all. He provoked an altercation with someone minding their own business. The more I read about this, the more I get frustrated.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    check the sanford PD on obstruction of justice………

  • http://sayjerve.storenvy.com ChariseJerve

    Granted its a TV show and its probably edited, but I watch The First 48… and I’ve seen countless suspects get in that room… plead “Self Defense” and still end up going to jail at least until the murder is investigated. This must be a Sanford law.. cause detective Alvarez and nem’ in Miamai ain’t hearing that Self Defense crap.

  • Dalili

    Thank you! Am an avid fan of the show too and that nonsense doesn’t fly! The detetives involved are relentless.

  • Dalili

    Edit: detectives.

  • SWGH

    “Going a step further, but certainly not too far, it is reasonable to also draw the conclusion that the presence of “Stand your ground” laws around the country, are a result of a concerted effort, by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), to squander the rights of, and de-humanize anyone who is not a white male.” –Trey

    This.

    For anyone to say GZ had a claim of defense in the first place is outrageous. When the 911 Dispatcher said “We don’t need you to do that,” that should’ve been the end of everything. The guy more than likely called the police as he went after Trayvon to cover his ass b/c he planned to fire that gun. He’s probably been hankering for a “showdown” the entire time he’s been rolling his ass around that area.

    The officials of Sanford need to endure a wholesale overhaul like that school in California where all the staff was removed b/c two guys were accused of improprieties with students. It’s extreme and you could just wind up replacing rotten apples with bad seeds, but maybe the acceptance and practice of inequity would take a hit if people’s livelihoods were on the line at all times, under a zero tolerance policy.

    It’s despicable and inhuman what that institution has done regarding this murder.

  • AnorexicBob

    People should just move on. The guy made a horrible mistake, i’m sure he feels so bad. he’s probably in more pain the the family. I think it’s best for people to move on and put these events behind them.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Wait, what?!

    Move on?! The young man is six feet under!!!!!!!

    Horrible mistake….my foot!!!

    I’m sure he feels bad…he could have jumped off a cliff if that were the case!

    Move on and put these events behind them…..Yo, I want to go to heaven, ain’t no need for you to be making statements that will have me responding in a manner that will lead me straight to hell!

    #Occupy-this is a BIG DEAL?!

  • AnorexicBob

    He’s dead, he can’t be brought back. If Mr. Zimmerman could go back in time to change things, I’m pretty sure he would. This is a sad case, the best thing to do is to learn from it and move on. I can tell Mr Zimmerman is hurting inside so much, i really feel bad for the guy,.

  • Dalili

    You can’t be serious!! This sir/madam was NOT a mistake! He stalked, pursued and murdered an unarmed boy. NO we will not “move from it” until Mr. Zimmerman is held accountable for his actions! What exactly are you proposing we “learn”?

  • Dalili

    Then you go right ahead move on and put these events behind you; most of us are content to keep on mobilizing until this murderer is brought to justice! Mmmssstttt!

  • Pseudonym

    Yeah…underthe Florida Predominant Aggressor Policy, Zimmerman forfeited his right to claim self-defense when he initiated the confrontation. So that consideration is built into the law.

    Bottom line: Zimmerman was studying criminal justice to become a police officer.
    Why?
    I’m guessing his buddies in the force advised him to it.
    and now those same buddies are trying to cover for him.
    All the facts are pointing to this, but no one is looking into it (or are they)?

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    @ AB

    I think you are getting a rise from us going off your nonsense! BYE!

  • marais morris

    google TMZ to see the SON of the chief of the SANFORD POLICE DEPT. as he BEATS A HOMELESS MAN INTO A COMA REQUIRING HOSPITALIZATION!! THIS POLICE DEPT CHIEF is the same person WHO IS handling the TREYVON MARTIN CASE which let ZIMMERMAN get away with MURDER. ALSO DID YOU KNOW THAT TREYVON’S BODY LAY IN THE MEDICAL OFFICE FOR THREE DAYS — BEFORE THE FATHER WAS EVEN TOLD THAT TREYVON WAS DEAD AFTER MISSING REPORTS HAD BEEN FILED. THE ALSO DRUG TESTED TREYVON IN DEATH WHILE THEY NEVER DRUG TESTED OR ALCOHOL TESTED ZIMMERMAN!!

    IF JUSTICE IS NOT DONE IN THIS CASE, A HARD RAIN’S A GONNA FALL BECAUSE THIS HAS TO BE THE VERY LAST STRAW. I AM OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WHEN EMMETT TILL WAS MURDERED IN MISSISSIPPI. THIS CASE IS TOO EERILY SIMILAR.

  • marais morris

    CAN WE ALL UNITE AND DO “SOMETHING ABOUT” THIS POSTER WHO CALLS HIMSELF “ANOREXIC BOB”? HE IS CLEARLY A NAZI WHO GOT ON THIS SITE TO FURTHER HURT AND ANNOY AS MANY BLACK PEOPLE AS HE CAN. BECAUSE OF HIS OBVIOUS TROLLING, WHERE IS THE CLUTCH STAFF IN MATTERS LIKE THIS?

  • Miss Moj

    Zimmerman may feel guilty, but you cannot compare his guilt to the pain of a mother who has lost a child. Many people do the wrong thing and then feel badly afterwards however, this does not mean they are exempt from the consequences of their actions. I’m sure Micheal Vick felt terrible about thinking that dog fighting was acceptable, but he still had to pay the price.

    This is my second time submitting this, Clutch come on now, this has been going on way too long!

  • mdottwo

    This incident a model for the conflict between hispanics and African Americans? Many, many hispanics want to identify as white, and bring with them a caste mindset from the hispanic nations from which they hail. Many of them consider themselves superior to African Americans. And even worse, many of them have openly stated that they intend to displace black Americans as our nation’s “preferred minority.”

    Black, paid Judas goat politicians like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have been given the assignment to merge blacks and hispanics into a single ideological voting block. Dear black people wake up, hispanics are not your natural ally;do not go for it. They have everything to win(hispanic foreigners’ employment rate is higher than ours), and we have everything to lose. The Democrat paid church-less reverends will show up in Florida to make sure that no public rift between hispanics and black Americans is openly voiced during this whole debacle, because the Dem Party’s goals supersede the sensibilities of black Americans. That why the media kept referring to Zimmerman as white, in order to direct black anger away from hispanics. Anyone can clearly see that the man is hispanic. For centuries we have had home grown slaughterers of black boys and men, now we are importing hispanic peasants with a black blood-thirst. A California court ruled that Mexican gangs were systematically murdering black people to ethnically cleanse neighborhoods. In Chicago warnings have been issued about hispanic gang initiations that involve abducting and raping black women.

    African Americans, this is the moment to let hispanics and all politicians know that we owe them nothing, and refuse to be further manipulated by them. We should most emphatically inform everyone, be they black, white, hispanic or other that we will no longer put up with their murderous antics towards black people(Google the history of hispanic on black murders), and that we will hound Zimmerman until he is put behind bars.

  • Penny

    “Too little too late,”

    Too true.

  • Tricia

    How can you even think that…..Move on. When will this foolishness end!! Did you hear Zimmerman’s defence… he shot the child in self defence!!! Ha!!! Until incidents like these stop. Until a black man can walk in peace… this will not be hidden!!! You havn’t been profiled yet, you’ve never experienced it so thats why you can say forgive and forget. BUT his family is without their child!!!

  • So Over This Ish

    *claps* I agree with this comment 100%. Thank you for speaking the truth!

    I would like to say, though, that you might be confusing Zimmerman’s race with his ethnicity. He is a white Cuban…they’re everywhere in Florida, which is where I’m from. The incident with the two girls who made the racist Youtube video? They are white Latinas from Florida. A Hispanic person can be of any race or they can be a mix of different things.

    But you are right, many Hispanics do have a deep-seated hatred for people of African descent. Sometimes they can be cruel to the Afro-Latinos as well for having darker skin and kinky hair.

    Lord knows I’ve had quite a number of them display this racism towards me, especially since I am a biracial person who is often mistaken for Latina. But I’m not, and they often make racist comments in my presence.

    And what you said about some of them coming to the US with a caste mindset is very true. I hope justice is served. My heart goes out to Trayvon’s family.

  • CurlySue

    I don’t think you can use this case as a criticism of the SYG law, because as the drafters of this law have noted, Zimmerman cannot use the law as defense because he pursued Trayvon. SYG laws only applies as a defense when you’re going about your business and you’re attacked. There is no precedent for it being applied successfully to any situation where someone follows and confronts a “suspicious” person. I, personally, support the SYG and the Castle law, but only when it’s applied as it should be. Zimmerman doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

  • mdottwo

    I don’t consider any hispanics whites! Those who want to self-identify as white, want to continue the color caste system within their culture/nations. You see wanting to say you are white because you are lighter skinned than others in your culture, gives you cultural, social and economic power as an individual, family and class group – but it doesn’t make you white in the real world.

    Compare these light skinned hispanics to real white Europeans. The Spanish blood that these crazy people claim that makes them white, was overwhelmed centuries ago. It’s like super light-skinned black people passing for white. The majority of the world’s population is non-white, and hispanic cultures belong in the non-white columns.

    Short story: When I went away to college in upstate New York, there were two hispanics who shared the room next to mine. I had had little to no interaction with any kind of hispanics prior to this time. The floor was mostly black, but everybody was friendly until
    some racial incident occurred on campus that made us talk about race openly in the halls. My neighbors were Puerto Rican. One talked about the incident as if they were
    white, the other spoke about the incident as if they were black. I asked the white identifier why she thought she was white? She said, “because I am.” But I remembered seeing pictures of her family gatherings and seeing obviously black aunts, uncles in her family.

    I pulled an average American white girl from her room, and asked “Are you white like her?” She looked so uneasy, tears welled in her eyes. I pulled a very light-skinned black girl from room, and asked “She’s lighter than you, does that make her white?”
    Tears began to run down her cheeks. I said, “When you were talking as a white, you tried to assume a superior intellect, class, and social power over the rest of us who are standing here. Black Americans will not allow you to try and use your manufactured whiteness to assume any kind of advantage over us. We have paid, and continue to pay the price for the advancement of all non-whites in America. Maybe in your family, culture and neighborhood that works, but not out here in real America. White folks know who’s white and who’s not. They might like you better, and might even encourage you to carry out your ‘I am white’ fantasies; but I assure you, they don’t consider you white. What you need to understand, there are no people in America more color conscious that black Americans. We, better than any others, know who’s white and who’s not. Black America has near-white enclaves in various locations across the nation. Many go and pass for white. Most black people do not resist their world view, because the have no power in black America. The difference between them and you is they know they are black; you people have brainwashed yourselves
    into some kind of escape world where you convinced yourselves you are white.”

    It’s a color power game they play. They are invading our nation, and bringing their racial backwardness with them.

  • http://Yahoo.com Ogoo

    I know its been said over and over again but i feel that skin colour is of no importance. I am black but from a country where we all have the same colour. I feel soo soory for Treyvon’s family…it’s quite tragic. Wether dis Zimmerman guy is claiming any law or not justice should be served and no further delays about it. Injustice of every form makes my heart burn. Every justice loving person and every member of the black community must fight until proper justice is served.

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