US 'stand your ground' law challenged by Trayvon Martin supporters

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US 'stand your ground' law challenged by Trayvon Martin supporters

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Los Angeles police are to adopt a zero tolerance approach to any more violence in the wake of the Zimmerman acquittal.

At the same time the controversial Florida law at the heart of the Zimmerman verdict known as “stand your ground” which allows use of deadly force, is coming under scrutiny.

US Attorney General Eric Holder is leading the way. He said: “It’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defence and sow dangerous conflict in our neighbourhoods. It is our collective obligation, we must stand our ground to ensure our laws reduce violence and take a hard look at laws that contribute to more violence than they prevent.”

There is much anger over Florida jurors finding the white neighbourhood watch volunteer not guilty of shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. In memory of the victim there is to be a Trayvon Martin day in 100 cities.

“On Saturday night with the verdict, we lost the battle, but the war is not over and we intend to fight. Let me say before we open up, that we urge all that participate with us to do so non-violently and peacefully,” said Reverend Al Sharpton who is organising the Trayvon Martin rallies.

And singer Stevie Wonder has joined in the protests by refusing to perform in any US state with a “stand your ground” law.