Dozens calling to repeal Stand Your Ground law in Florida

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – On Sunday morning, dozens will come together to hold a vigil and rally to repeal the controversial Stand Your Ground Law. 

The vigil will be outside Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg.

Organizers explain they will be holding the vigil in the intersection of Haines Road and 38th Avenue North surrounded by signs calling for justice for Markeis McGlockton. Organizers say the disruption of traffic is a way to show the community things cannot continue as usual. 

READ MORE: Gunman in deadly Florida parking lot shooting won’t be charged based on “Stand Your Ground” law 

McGlockton was shot and killed July 19 after a fight over a handicap parking spot. The shooter, Michael Drejka, is not facing charges due to Stand Your Ground, which allows Florida residents to use deadly force without retreating to protect themselves against a perceived threat. 

This case has put the law back into the spotlight – six years after it made national headlines in the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin.

The vigil will begin at 10:30 Sunday morning.

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