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'Trayvon Martin amendment' would bring changes to stand your ground law

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The parents of Trayvon Martin spoke with members of the media on Friday at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, held at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando.

Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, and family attorney Benjamin Crump called for a national discussion about race relations. 

"We have to follow President Obama's lead and have this conversation, not just for black America, but all of America," said Crump.  "To make America a better place for everybody's children."

Martin and Crump also announced a retreat organized to show young, black men that their lives are equal to those of others and to educate them on how to deal with law enforcement officers.

"To talk about the issues about when police approach you, bringing in different police as well as psychologists, to talk about how that makes you feel when you're doing nothing wrong," said Crump. 

"We have to show them that your life is of equal value," said Tracy Martin.  "We have to let them know that they are loved and that, you know, they really do mean something to this society."

Crump said changes must be made to the stand your ground law.

"You can not be the initial aggressor," said Crump.  "You can not pick a fight, then kill the person, and say I was standing my ground.

"The family refused to answer questions about George Zimmerman. They said their focus is to get the law changed with the Trayvon Martin amendment.  A petition supporting the amendment has already garnered more than 250,000 signatures

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford is calling for a legislative hearing to review the state's "stand your ground" law.

Weatherford made the announcement in an opinion piece he wrote for The Tampa Tribune that was printed Friday.

The Wesley Chapel Republican does not support repealing the law.  But Weatherford said he wants a legislative committee to look at whether the law should be made clearer and whether it is being administered fairly.

George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of Martin in July.

Protesters upset with the verdict have been at the Capitol since July 16. They say they will not leave until Gov. Rick Scott calls a special session to have legislators repeal the "stand your ground" law.

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