FL Gubernatorial Candidate Calls for State of Emergency Over 'Stand Your Ground' Law
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum called for a state of emergency in Florida and suspension of the state’s 'stand your ground' law until the legislature provides clear guidelines on how and when the controversial measure should be applied. Gillum, who could be the battleground state’s first Black Governor, made the appeal just days after the most recent deadly use of the law saw Markeis McGlockton, a 28-year-old Black man shot and killed several days ago in an altercation over a parking space. The 47-year-old shooter, who is white, will not face charges due to the state’s 'stand your ground' law. The powerful state lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, as well as Republican legislators who helped write the law, have even been critical of the decision not to press charges. They disputed the sheriff’s interpretation and implied that perhaps the gunman should have been arrested. “The consequence of confusion over how ‘Stand Your Ground’ is applied in this state can result in the loss of life of otherwise innocent people,” Gillum said at a press conference. “It is, in fact, an emergency in the state of Florida when parents have to be concerned about their children or themselves being gunned down under the color of the law of ‘stand your ground.’” Gillum’s call comes on the heels of lawmakers pressing the Department of Justice to look into the matter. More here.