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Al Sharpton says he'll fight Florida self-defense law

12:05 PM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Florida -- Civil rights activist Al Sharpton says he plans to visit the capitol of Florida to begin lobbying against its controversial self-defense law prior to next month's march in Washington, D.C. by the NAACP.

Sharpton made his comments Wednesday during a speech on the final day of the NAACP's national convention in Orlando. Flanked by NAACP President Ben Jealous and Martin Luther King III, Sharpton called Florida's stand-your-ground law the "worst violation of civil rights in the country." He hopes to make Florida a test case for similar laws.

The comments came a day after Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated to the NAACP that the Justice Department has an open investigation into what he called the "unnecessary shooting" of teenager Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin's 2012 death.

Associated Press

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