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Demonstrators Protest “Kill at Will” Laws in Trayvon Martin Case

Protest in downtown D.C.



    DC Demonstrators Take Aim at "Stand Your Ground" Law

    As new video sparks more outrage in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, demonstrators at a rally in DC took aim at the law that's been protecting shooter George Zimmerman. News4's Derrick Ward has more on why they say it will take more than an arrest for justice to be served. (Published Thursday, March 29, 2012)

    Trayvon Martin demonstrators in downtown D.C. Thursday focused much of their attention on what they say is the genesis of the law that empowered one man and led to the death of the teenager.

    Demonstrators took aim at the laws that George Zimmerman has indicated he will invoke in his defense for shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon in Sanford, Fla. -- so-called “stand your ground” laws. Demonstrators called them “kill at will” laws

    Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, was among dozens who gathered downtown outside the offices of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers and private sector leaders promoting certain policies. Morial calls them ghost writers.

    "These are laws you might have seen in the United States in the 1890s,” he said. These are laws from a bygone era."

    The group said it didn’t draft Florida's law and, like others, questions whether the stand your ground law even applies to Zimmerman.

    Protesters said they want to see those laws on trial as much as they do the man who shot Trayvon last month.