NAACP to hold town meeting in Sanford to discuss George Zimmerman verdict
Updated On: Jul 22 2013 06:44:27 AM EDT
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold a town hall meeting in Sanford on Monday night to discuss the George Zimmerman verdict.
Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The meeting will be held at the Allen Chapel AME church off of Olive Avenue at 7 p.m. and will focus on the verdict, plus how the group will handle its push for justice.
The NAACP is calling on the Department of Justice to bring civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
Despite an outcry from civil rights groups and a call for examination by the president, the jury's verdict that Zimmerman justifiably shot unarmed teenager Martin is unlikely to spur change to stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 22 states have laws similar to that in Florida. They generally eliminate a person's duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat. So far, there doesn't appear to be an appetite in Florida or other states to repeal or change the laws. In fact, some states are moving in the opposite direction.
Zimmerman said he shot Martin only after the black teenager attacked him. Martin's family and supporters say Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, racially profiled Martin.