In light of the July acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin one Baltimore city councilman wants the city to sever any financial connections with the state of Florida.
During an Aug. 13 city council meeting, 7th District Councilman Nick Mosby proposed a measure that would limit the city’s commercial and financial ties to Florida and encourage all city agencies refrain from doing business with companies in Florida.
“The idea is to ask city agencies to look at any opportunities of diverting business from corporations from the state of Florida,” Mosby told the AFRO.
Mosby said he hopes that the Florida stand-your-ground law is amended. He said while the Zimmerman defense did not employ the stand-your-ground law in its self defense strategy, the judge in the case spelled out the law in her instruction to the six-member panel before they deliberated on the second-degree murder case.
“I think the application of the law should be looked at and changed,” he said. “I want to insure that it stays on the forefront of their legislatives minds and hopes that we can maybe get a more perfect policy down there. I never want to see another Trayvon Martin incident again in my lifetime.”
Since the Zimmerman verdict Mosby noted the public outrage about the trial’s outcome. “There were 101 walks and rallies that took place in honor of Trayvon Martin,” he said.
“These rallies are great, but after the rallies are over they lose headlines and lose being in the forefront of people’s minds.”
According to Mosby, the Florida boycott he proposes would not affect city revenue. “If there are opportunities to divert money, why not?” he said.
Mosby’s resolution, if passed by the city council, would mark the first attempt at economic sanctions between U.S. cities. “I hope to see [other cities] follow,” Mosby said.
The motion also calls for city agencies to refrain from traveling to Florida or attending events within the state.
“I’m not saying throwing away the stand your ground law, what I am doing is asking Florida to look at the application of it,” he said. What concerns him, he said, is that it appears that the application of the law has resulted in different verdicts for different defendants.
Mosby told the AFRO he laments the death of an unarmed 17-year-old who was simply walking home from a convenience store. “Mr. Zimmerman was a vigilante at that particular time,” he said.
“There’s no one held accountable for it, no one takes ownership for it and basically thru due process the person who ultimately killed him was let free and given back the same gun that killed him,” he said.
“It’s fundamentally wrong and I think change needs to occur.”