Estimated 8,000 gather in Sanford for justice in Trayvon Martin case

The Tampa Bay Times reported today that the law has been invoked at least 130 times throughout the state since 2005. The number of people who have been cleared of wrongdoing is 74.


The Trayvon Martin case has received national focus every night this week. Last night on PBS' Newshour,
anchor Jeffrey Brown hosted a 15-minute discussion with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Daily's Reihan Salam, author Donna Britt and Florida state Representative Dennis Baxley, the architect of the 2005 bill.


Watch Martin Case Sparks New Protests, Debate Over Race, Guns, Law on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

There were lots of developments in the case of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin yesterday.

An estimated 8,000 people gathered at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford on Thursday night to join their voices with a purpose and to hear the Reverend Al Sharpton give a fiery speech.

Sharpton addressed a crowd before the official rally started, noting that he wasn't impressed that
Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee had announced earlier in the day that he was stepping down temporarily.

Earlier in the day Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi appointed a special prosecutor in the case, removing the state attorney who had been considering the case.

State Attorney Angela B. Corey, whose office handles cases in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, was named to replace Brevard-Seminole State Attorney Norm Wolfinger.

Scott also created a task force headed by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to review the state's controversial 2005 "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force if they think their lives or others' are in imminent danger or they face "great bodily harm."

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