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Gov. Scott declines NAACP call; no plans to return quickly to protesters at Capitol

by John Kennedy | July 17th, 2013
Protestors sing in the hallway outside Gov. Rick Scott's office

Protestors sing in the hallway outside Gov. Rick Scott's office Tuesday. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

Gov. Rick Scott declined late Wednesday a call from the Florida NAACP that he return to the Capitol “immediately” to address the “outcry” over the acquital of George Zimmerman, instead touting the state’s 42-year-low crime rate.

Scott’s letter to NAACP president Adora Obi Nweze also underscored his past action in organizing a task force to study the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law, which critics have said created a climate that led to Zimmerman pulling his gun and shooting 17-year-old Travon Martin last year.

As he did after the verdict, Scott sought to empathize with Martin’s parents and many in Florida’s black community outraged by Zimmerman’s acquital. A third day of protest is planned Thursday at the governor’s office in the state Capitol where a couple dozen representatives of the Orlando-based Dream Defenders have rallied.

A Scott spokeswoman said late Wednesday that the governor was scheduled to be traveling again Thursday and would not be in his office.

“After holding seven public meetings and considering 16,603 pieces of correspondence and 160 public comments at Task Force meetings, the Task Force concurred with the Stand Your Ground law and I agree,” Scott wrote Nweze. “It is also important to note that Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was not argued in the Zimmerman case.”

 

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51 Responses to “Gov. Scott declines NAACP call; no plans to return quickly to protesters at Capitol”

  1. JA Says:

    Has anybody seen Rick Scott hold a black baby ever?

  2. EndStupidity Says:

    Who wants to talk to a bunch of senseless racist idiots? Can’t blame Rick Scott for staying away.

    They need to return home and collect their welfare checks, go buy their drugs and alcohol, shoot a few more brothers in their neighborhood and be happy.

  3. Educator Says:

    I hope not, that would be a disgrace to the innocent child.

  4. Frank Says:

    Bet he wishes he had Jennifer Carroll to send out there.

  5. Web dubious Says:

    Stand Your Ground was not used as a defense but it is the reason behind the cops letting Zimmerman go and not doing a thorough investigation to include a comprehensive statement from Zimmerman on what happened so he could not later conveniently fit his story around the evidence later uncovered.

  6. Downtown Danny Says:

    Scott has spent more time and tax money traveling like he’s a rock star than any other Gov in history.

  7. whatwasthat Says:

    If those asswipes had a job they wouldn’t have the time to be there

  8. Toni Says:

    Scott already did his share of pandering to the black community by sending that sorry excuse for a State Attorney to Sanford to waste taxpayer’s money to charge and try George Zimmerman for having the unmitigated gall to defend himself from having his head shattered on the pavement.

  9. nemo Says:

    This photo says all I need to hear.

  10. Joe Says:

    Can’t we all get along?

  11. Steve-O Says:

    Is it just me, or does it seem like the media is trying like hell to start a riot, or race war? I”m aware that the neo-con media wants the nation to be divided to prevent a coup, but come on already!!

  12. Hitlery is TRASH! Says:

    Liberal democrats—The scourge of the earth!

  13. Edward Says:

    @steve-o, of course that’s their intention. Business hasn’t been too profitable lately and it fits their idealistic goal to “change the world.”

  14. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Skeletor is a coward for not meeting with them. You can bet that if this was a group of rich white people he would be there in a second.

  15. Wake Up Says:

    The world has changed all around you the problem is most of you are living in the 1950′s. You are getting your wake up now, just wait until 2016 when we bury the Republicans for good.

  16. sorry american Says:

    JA, i’ve never seen scott hold any baby, let alone a black one

  17. throbo Says:

    What a horrible photo to elicit change.

    If you had the time to make angry T-shirts up surely you had time to dress up in your church clothes.

  18. Joe Hamilton Says:

    @Jupiter Guy

    Would never happen. Rich white people have jobs and wouldn’t have time to protest

  19. Vulcan Says:

    Never let a tragic incident go without furthering your own personal agenda. Stand Your Ground had absolutely nothing to do with the death of Martin. But hey, don’t let the facts get in the way.

  20. tuffsheet Says:

    @ Wakeup….Wish we were back in the 50′s….We wouldn’t have to listen to all the bullcrap that the black community seems to stir up everytime they don’t agree with something. Eventually nobody will listen and for good reason!

  21. C jackson Says:

    READ THE BIBLE

  22. spence Says:

    Go smash some windows and beat up whites. That’s what you REALLY want to do. Go to the NAACP convention and hoot and holler. Then go home and have a cold malt liquor.

  23. BERNIE Says:

    None of those bigots voted for Scott so why should he give an audience to the racist industry??

  24. Enough already Says:

    I wonder who wrote the signs for them…the spelling is correct.

  25. gethefax Says:

    Cant believe that the State of Florida is allowing these people to disrupt the Governors Office in this manner. Obviously their being obnoxious, selfish and arrogant in their behavior. There are MILLIONS of other people that depend on the Governors Office for assistance and support..NOT JUST THEM!!!!

  26. gin Says:

    enough already wonder who will be spelling
    on your head stone ? and don’t lol.punk

  27. Charles Says:

    Protests are what makes this a free republic. Stop the protest, the press and you loose your freedoms. Wake up you “rednecks” and remember this country was founded by protests. IDIOTS!!

  28. Justice is not a matter of color Says:

    I hope you all would be so intense when it come to justice for all races, not only blacks.

    Where you interested in justice when OJ Simpson was set free after killing a mother of two?.

    Or when M.J was free after abusing so many children?

    Are you intrested in looking for justice for Marley Lion (white kid) killed by a black man, good kid, “no drugs in his system”…where are you Obama, why don’t you talk about Marley?

    Are you seeking for justice for the beautiful good black kids getting raped and murdered by a black person in Riviera Beach…those kids died and nobody talks about it… You know why?

    Because you just hate people who are not black, You don’t want “Justice” you behave like medieval, mediocre people “wanting a head” I ask you protesters to stope being racist, Justice is not a matter of color, is a matter of facts, Lets make this country a better country for all!

  29. Justice is not a matter of color Says:

    1. I hope you all would be so intense when it comes to justice for all races, not only blacks.
    Where you interested in justice when OJ Simpson was set free after killing a mother of two?
    Or when M.J was free after abusing so many children?
    Are you interested in looking for justice for Marley Lion (white kid) killed by a black man, good kid, “no drugs in his system”…where are you Obama, why don’t you talk about Marley?
    Are you seeking for justice for the beautiful good black kids getting raped and murdered by a black person in Riviera Beach…those kids died and nobody talks about it… You know why?
    Because you just hate people who are not black, You don’t want “Justice” you behave like medieval, mediocre people “wanting a head” I ask you protesters to stop being racist, Justice is not a matter of color, is a matter of facts, Lets make this country a better country for all!

  30. State of Chaos Says:

    One of the malcontents is holding a sign with the slogan: “This State is Ours!” Really? If this state was theirs, it would be bankrupt and reduced to a third-world poverty pit.

  31. Thomas Says:

    Because he was black, because he was black….. I’m so tired of that phrase being thrown around in this case. The fact is, the only reason there was a trial is because the victim was black, the only reason Zimmerman was arrested is because the victim was black, the only reason our clueless Governor appointed a special prosecutor is because Martin was black. Zimmerman was found innocent, so move on. It’s not Zimmerman’s fault he’s white.

  32. Carrie Says:

    Fend up with regressive TPublican Mantra? Americans can simply BOYCOTT FLORIDA AKA GOV. TILTHEAD $ The TTURDS TBAGS

  33. 2cents Says:

    What changes in the law, do people want that would make it a better law?

  34. Hank Says:

    Gosh, if the state is theirs, I may all well move somewhere else. They want everything handed to them on a silver platter. All I do is work and pay my taxes. I can see I’m not welcome here.

  35. gin Says:

    i bet all of (you people) that is talking about oj& mj need to have your green card renewed. os get to stepping.

  36. Charles Rawls Says:

    Those of you who find it appropriate to critize Americans who have concerns and petition the government for the redress of their greiances. Fail to get it at all. Your claim of some type of superior thinking or status clearly indicates your ignorance. I know that it will take you a while to actually understand my meaning, but if you don’t know ask someone who can help you.Your racist ignorance does nothing to better our society and I question your motives when you insult Americans who constitutionally present their concernd.

  37. Chris Says:

    Who would want to meet with these ignorant idiots! Stand your ground had nothing to do with this incident to begin with! How many times do you have to tell someone the facts before they get it! They would have to protest self defense laws not stand your ground, but that would not go anywhere and they know it. These idiots need to go back home and go to work!

  38. Gorilla Black Says:

    GO TO HELL YOU WHITE IDIOTS.

  39. ted Says:

    a couple of dozen??????? Wow! They are not being removed just because of the verdict. Who is feeding, housing and transporting these jobless folks from Orlando?

  40. Timbo Says:

    For every “Trayvon” that was killed by a non black, there are 9+ more that were killed by one (FBI stat). Where is the outrage there? Oh yeah, that’s right, its much easier to point and blame than it is to look in the mirror and acknowledge the blatant issues within their own community. But until then, let’s wipe the 11,000 black on black murders that have occurred since Trayvon was killed under the rug… Much less impactful on the evening news.

  41. Dawn Says:

    Scott wrote Nweze. “It is also important to note that Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was not argued in the Zimmerman case.”

    What part of this don’t they get..LOL

  42. Enough already Says:

    Comment 26 is obviously one of the “entilted with my hand out brigade” Did you use your Obamaphone to send that text….by the way. I’m afraid. Very afraid. But am I armed? hmmmmm

  43. Who Says:

    Why should he visit the purely Racist NAACP? They are rude, intolerant and demanding. Screw ‘em.

  44. Enough already Says:

    Gorilla Black why not tell us what your tiny racist brain is thinking?

  45. Not a Hypocrite Says:

    How many black people shoot innocent white people every year? 3 black men from Pompano shot and killed that bar owner in Boca a few months ago, the black football player shot the grocery store owner in the Glades this year-I don’t see white people screaming and protesting-no one is going to tell me more white people shoot black people in Florida than black people shoot white people. No, we just have to sit here and take your f&&king B.S. over Treyvon Martin right?

  46. gin Says:

    to enough already why did you address my comment as #26 andddddddd dod you think that i am not armed? if you do then you are sadly mistaking. i will be ready just as zimmerman was.but i want be a coward like him and lie my way out of it.especialy if it . for as me having a obama phone may i should get one and send it to your mom. peace out if you know what peace means.

  47. News_Maven Says:

    Anyone notice the tattoo on the underarm of the protestor in the middle? “Revolt or Die”. You can see it better at:
    http://www.apimages.com/metadata/Index/Neighborhood-Watch-Protest/e808f42b4deb427c9987e9d70de125ec/17/0

  48. Brooklyn Man Says:

    Scott should have never shown any empathy to the Martin Family after the verdict. Zimmerman was found not guilty and that’s it. We have the greatest criminal justice system in the world and when a jury finds someone innocent because the prosecution in this case, had no case, we must simply move-on.

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