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Cleveland Councilman looks to change the city's Stand Your Ground Law

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Cleveland City Council is looking at changing the city's Stand Your Ground law.

When George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death it touched off a national debate about so-called Stand Your Ground laws.

Under Ohio law, you are required to retreat if deadly force is being used against you unless you are in your home or car.

But the state legislature is considering a change to that standard so that there is no more rule of retreat.

"It's saying loud and clear that the city of Cleveland doesn't want stand your ground," said Kevin Conwell, Cleveland City Councilman Ward 9.

Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell is planning to introduce a resolution opposing Stand Your Ground and the changes the legislature is considering.

He says that's what his constituents in Ward 9 want.

"You have to listen to our residents. What they want and don't want. The thing is they don't want that stand your ground legislation to pass downstate in the state of Ohio," added Conwell.

"That's crazy. You're supposed to be able to stand your ground," said Tyrus Wilkins.

"I think it's probably a good idea seeing as they're generally used, I think, to blanket some unfortunate sorts of incidents in other states. And I would rather not enable somebody to act violently," Dan McCarthy said. 

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