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Al Sharpton to march on Tallahassee against “Stand Your Ground”

The Rev. Al Sharpton will lead a rally against the state’s “stand your ground” law Monday morning in the Capitol courtyard, according to the website of his National Action Network.

Sharpton, also an MSNBC host and commentator, will be joined by the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.

He first will lead a march from the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center to the Capitol, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Martin was the 17-year old black teen shot and killed by community watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford in February 2012.

Zimmerman was later acquitted. He didn’t claim a “stand your ground” defense but parts of the law were used in jury instructions.

Davis was the 17-year old black teen shot and killed by Michael Dunn, a white software developer, in Jacksonville in November 2012.

Dunn was recently convicted on charges related to shooting into a carful of teenagers, Davis included, outside a convenience store. The jury, however, deadlocked on a first-degree murder charge.