A Topeka rally is planned to push for the repeal of a Kansas stand-your-ground law modeled after one in Florida. Stand-your-ground laws have been in the news since the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that community activist Sonny Scroggins is organizing the Topeka rally. He is urging demonstrators to gather at 4:45 p.m. Monday on the south side of the State Capitol building. Then there will be a short march that will culminate with a 5 p.m. rally.
Demonstrators also will remember 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was killed Feb. 26 in the Florida town of Sanford. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood crime-watch captain, has claimed self-defense and has not been charged in the shooting.