‘Stand Your Ground’ law task force will hear from law enforcement, attorneys and public on Tuesday

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By Dara Kam

Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau

Tallahassee —

The stage is set for a possible showdown Tuesday over Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law in Central Florida, not far from the Sanford community where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February.

Gov. Rick Scott’s Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protectionwill hold its public meeting debut at a church in Longwood while Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, lead a rally and deliver hundreds of thousands of petitions demanding that the law be changed.

The task force will hear from law enforcement officials and lawyers in the morning before breaking for lunch, when Martin’s parents and organizers of Second Chance for Shoot First, a national group led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are slated to rally outside.

Representatives from police chiefs and sheriffs associations, criminal defense lawyers’ and prosecutors’ groups who deal with the law “on an almost daily basis in the real world in Florida” will make presentations in the morning, said John Konkus, chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, the task force’s chairwoman. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx will also give an overview of the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling on the law, Konkus said.

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