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Protesters crowd Gov. Scott’s office for second day

by John Kennedy | July 17th, 2013

A couple dozen protesters Wednesday continued to crowd the lobby of Rick Scott’s Capitol office Wednesday urging the out-of-town governor to take action against Florida’s stand-your-ground law in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict.

The protesters, some from as far away as Miami, began gathering a day earlier and insisted they intended to stay until they drew a response from Scott. The governor was in New York most of Tuesday and is spending Wednesday at a series of events in the Florida Panhandle.

“Tell Rick Scott to come back, we’ve got some Skittles for him,” said Dwayne Campbell, 31, a Tallahassee Community College student, citing the candy 17-year-old Trayvon Martin carried with him when shot by Zimmerman during an altercation.

Some of the protesters, whose number had swelled to more than 100 on Tuesday, spent the night on the marble-floored hallway outside the governor’s office.

Organizers said others were expected to arrive Wednesday, but many at the scene said they planned to be there for the long haul.

“We’re serious. We don’t plan to leave,” said Shamile Louis, 21, a sociology student from the University of Florida who used a computer tablet to lead an internet discussion from the governor’s office.

Louis said the group has been contacted by supporters across the country and even from Ireland. Among the groups gathered at the Capitol were representatives of Dream Defenders, whose leader, Ciara Taylor, is from Jacksonville, and PowerU Center in Miami.

The protesters have called for a repeal of Florida’s stand-your-ground law. More than two dozen states have such measures that allow people to use deadly force if they think their life is being threatened.

The role that law played in the Martin shooting is in dispute — with Zimmerman’s defense team not having used the law as the basis for their arguments. But U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in a speech this week to the NAACP, said the laws encourage gun owners to seek confrontation rather than avoiding it.

 

 

 

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25 Responses to “Protesters crowd Gov. Scott’s office for second day”

  1. Genius Says:

    “Tell Rick Scott to come back, we’ve got some Skittles for him,” said Dwayne Campbell, 31, a Tallahassee Community College student.

    Now that’s some pretty clever stuff coming from a 31-year-old community college scholar.

  2. Uncle Josh Says:

    Good Golly!

    So what do you think the odds are the sit-in protesters will catch a view of the governor in person? Slim I would wager . . . .

    I suspect the state police will clean the lot out before Mr. Scott steps foot into the area . . .

  3. FLACON Says:

    A 31 year old Community College student who has time to protest days on end. How does he support himself?

    I think I know the answer and it’s irritating to say the least.

  4. gethefax Says:

    They might be wasting their time with Ric Scott…he will not intervene in local Courts Jurisdictions. Thats why he appoints some of them to be the local JUDGES…because he trust they will JUDGE fairly and allows the Courts to remedy their own matters. Could you imagine Ric Scott being called out to intervene on every case verdict that was in opposition with the community!!!??? Get real people!!! Go back home and relax!!! Better yet, go to work!!!

  5. Uncle Josh Says:

    Good Golly!

    Well said getthefax!

  6. Organized Outrage Says:

    Just bribe the protesters cells phones, food stamps, section 8 housing, and other government freebies and their MSNBC scripted “outrage” will disappear in time for the Saturday night hip-hop concert.

  7. Tea Lady Says:

    How tragic! Another day goes by, and these people are still not out seeking gainful employment!

    And the reason is clear! As members of Mr. Obama’s 47% Government Dependees’ Club, government dependence has become an ingrained way of life. It has erased all self-esteem and self-reliance!

    Instead of seeking employment, they beg. Instead of bettering themselves, they protest. Instead of educating themselves, they riot. All hopeless symptoms of The Disease of Government Dependence!

    We Tea Partiers know better. We believe in an America where people can better themselves and their families, without depending on government hand-outs! People with self-esteem do not rely on Medicare, free phones, free cheese, $ocial $ecurity, Medicaid, free library cards, etc.

    Join The Tea Party! We have Answers! =)

  8. timtopper Says:

    why aren’t these people upset about the multiple daily shootings in Riviera Beach, West Palm, or Boynton? Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale? Chicago, or Los Angeles or Oakland CA?

    The answer is obvious; they are oblivious to black on black crime. It is their daily way of life.

  9. EndStupidity Says:

    What a bunch of morons! Worry about yourself….Trayvon is gone. Zimmerman is well and he has his gun back and ready to go back on duty….next!

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