Last week, for the second time in less than a year, a Florida jury deliberated a case of a white man accused of first-degree murder in the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager and did not convict. Many people hear echoes of last year’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and the national spotlight has focused again on the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws, though the statute was not explicitly cited in either case.
As Florida’s lawmakers prepare their agendas for the spring legislative session, Bishop Ken Carter sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking him to use his influence to help make the state safer for all people. To read the letter, click here.