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Sarasota mother speaks out against "Stand Your Ground" law

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

While opponents of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law continue to camp outside Governor Rick Scott's office in Tallahassee, a Sarasota woman knows first hand about the law.

Cathy Makowski works with the Coalition Against Injustice and Legal Abuse.  She said,"Basically they are allowing criminals to go free and I think this is a very bad law."

Makowski's 20 year old son Anthony, died at the hands of another man in 2005.

It followed an altercation outside a McDonald's in Land O' Lakes.  Her son was strangled to death.

Her son's killer was never convicted.

Makowski said, "The 'Stand Your Ground' law was used in my son's case, and there was no arrest, and they had the audacity to call it excusable homicide."

Her son's death came just two days before "Stand Your Ground" was signed into law, and was used as the basis for not seeking a murder charge.

Makowski said, "We were outraged, we were just completely outraged that something like this, someone can kill your son and go away, and not be charged."

Makowski has since launched a campaign to try and get "Stand Your Ground" repealed.

"This is about justice and I think justice and social security, security for victim's rights should be at the forefront." said Makowski.

She has written letters to lawmakers and hopes her effort, and the efforts of others will lead to change.

"It is a highly abusive law that gives way too much power to police, state attorney's to interpret, and it is the criminals word against the victims and we have to fight for victims right's." Makowski added.

Makowski says she feels like Trayvon Martin's mother, in that she also doesn't want her son's death to be in vain.

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