Public hearing on Fla.’s stand-your-ground law Tuesday


Yamiche Alcindor
USA Today
June 12, 2012

A task force set up by Gov. Rick Scott to evaluate Florida’s stand-your-ground law will hold its first public hearing Tuesday.

The group — whose members include law enforcement officers, politicians, and community leaders — plan to have several other meetings across the state following the national uproar over the death of Trayvon Martin. Tuesday’s meeting will include presentations by experts who will talk about how the law is used in self-defense cases as well as a four-hour opportunity for public comment.

“This gives us an opportunity to be educated and also to educate the public,” said Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, chair of the Task Force on Citizens Safety and Protection. “We want to be open and receptive. We want the citizens to know they are part of how we move forward.”

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