Gov. Rick Scott Meets With "Stand Your Ground" Protesters

Florida governor tells protesters that he still backs controversial law. 

Posted: 07/19/2013 10:27 AM EDT

After three days of protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott met Thursday with a group who was calling for a special session with the Legislature to repeal the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.

In the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal, the young protesters who call themselves the Dream Defenders have been sitting in at the governor's office since Tuesday. But instead of allowing them the legislative session they wanted, Scott told them he agreed with the state Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection that backed the "Stand Your Ground" law in February.

"I also reminded them of their right to share their views with their state legislators and let them know their opinions on the law," Scott's said in a statement following the meeting.

He added that he plans to call for a Statewide Day of Prayer for Unity in Florida this Sunday, July 21. "We have a great state with wonderful, resilient people that rise to meet any challenge. While emotions run high, it is even more important that we join together to strengthen and support one another.”

The Dream Defenders were not satisfied with Scott's response and are calling for people to continue to stand their ground for Trayvon Martin.

"The governor has refused to acknowledge this state of emergency, so we will continue to stay in the capital until Governor Scott shows leadership and convenes for a special session of legislature,” said Phillip Agnew, executive director of Dream Defenders in a statement.


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 (Photo: AP Photo/Phil Sears)


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