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Rock Hill NAACP wants to repeal ‘deadly force’ doctrine

Rock Hill’s branch of the NAACP will lend its support to protest activities across the state and nation regarding the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Martin was killed Feb. 26 in Florida while walking home, according to reports. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, shot Martin after calling police to report the black teen was acting suspiciously. Many have speculated that Zimmerman’s actions were fueled by racism.

In addition to voicing support at Sunday’s monthly meeting, the NAACP also unanimously voted to contact York County delegation to encourage them to ask for a repeal of the Castle Doctrine. The repeal was sparked by Rep. Bakari Sellers, according to a release from Rock Hill’s NAACP.

The doctrine, passed by the S.C. House in 2006, allows a person to use deadly force if they feel threatened with bodily harm and are in a place they have a right to be, the release states. Rock Hill’s branch hopes to “prevent this kind of senseless killing from occurring in the city of Rock Hill or the state of South Carolina,” the release states.

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