Rick Scott Says "No" To Dream Defenders, Protest Continues

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On Tuesday, we told you about the group, Dream Defenders, busing in protesters from all over the state to stage a sit-in at Gov. Rick Scott's office in Tallahassee.

The group is staging its protest to demand that Scott call a special session to review the "Stand Your Ground" law and enact anti-racial-profiling training for law enforcement officers.

For his part, Scott has refused to comply, saying that the law needs no changes.

As promised, the group is unmoved, and are committed to sticking around until they have their demands met.

There are about 30 protesters still in there, armed with pillows, bottled water, pizza and other food.

To pass the time, they've been singing and chanting, waiting for Scott to come through.

Scott and the legislature have been out of town since Dream Defenders arrived on Tuesday, bringing with them over 200 protesters -- most of them college students.

When asked about the sit-in, Scott simply replied, "I think it is great that people are exercising their voices."

He would not say if he had plans to meet with the group, or address them directly in any way.

"Saturday's verdict showed the world that Florida has no value for the life of its children," says a statement released by the group on its website. "This is an opportunity for Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislature to prove their commitment to the next generation of Floridians."

The group says that it's aware that Scott and the Legislature aren't due back in town for some time but that it wanted to make sure to get a head start and give Florida lawmakers ample time to get things rolling.

For his part, Scott said that the "Stand Your Ground" law wasn't argued in the Zimmerman trial.

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4 comments
Danny Morin
Danny Morin

Or maybe he, unlike the people protesting, realize that in the case of Zimmerman, stand your ground was not used. they don't even know what they are protesting.....

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

too bad most people (including newtimes) don't know what the law actually says. Than again this is from people who think it was used in the Zimmerman/Martin case.. Or they would report on the self defense laws that have been around since the 1700's

Sheila Pechman
Sheila Pechman

If I lived near his office I'd be there with them.

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