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Sit-in at Scott’s office continues; lawmaker urges Gov to ‘come home’

by John Kennedy | July 18th, 2013

Protestors hunker down Wednesday night outside Gov. Rick Scott's office

A sit-in at Rick Scott’s office ended its third business day Thursday with some three-dozen protesters pledging to stay at Florida’s Capitol until the governor addressed their concerns about the state’s “stand your ground” law.

Scott has been out of town the length of the protest, led by a statewide organization, Dream Defenders.

“This is only more motivating,” said Dwayne Campbell, 31, a Tallahassee Community College student.

Earlier in the day, Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, joined with a local minister, Rev. R.B. Holmes, Jr., to urge Scott to call a special session of the Legislature to repeal the 2005 law. The measure has gained renewed focus with Saturday’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Travon Martin in Sanford.

Zimmerman did not use the stand your ground defense. But it has emerged as a lightning rod, drawing the anger and frustration of many in Florida’s minority community over the verdict.

Scott’s absence also is drawing heat.

“Come home, Governor,” Williams said Thursday at a news conference at a church just a few blocks from the Capitol. “Come home to speak to these citizens.”

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20 Responses to “Sit-in at Scott’s office continues; lawmaker urges Gov to ‘come home’”

  1. Enough already Says:

    Rick Scott’s campaign slogan was “Lets Get To Work” so get off your lazy behinds and get to work.

  2. ted Says:

    Why???? Stand your Ground was never used as a defense in the Zimmerman trial, it has nothing to do with this. That is why you are not taken seriously in regard to your “outcry”. 3 dozen? Anybody have a job they are missing from? Who is paying for their meals,housing, transportation etc? Rev. lets see how much racial trouble I can cause Al.

  3. FRS Says:

    Empty Chair Rick Scott won’t talk to blacks.

  4. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Skeletor is a coward.

  5. Ted the Nimble Says:

    Where were these people when Barak was taken his 100 million dollar vacation in Africa on our dime?
    Or When are people were being slaughtered in Bengazi and he was more concerned about his Vegas appearance?
    Did Barak Hussein stop when a Jupiter Cop was killed in the line of duty for Barak’s fund raising motorcade trip here?
    What about Hussein’s fancy Golf trip with Tiger….No time to see his down trodden brothers in Riviera Beach..but time to Golf with Tiger.

  6. Who Says:

    36 mindless protestors…LOL!!

  7. Joe Says:

    Trayvon was suspended from school three times.
    He was on suspension when he was shot in February, after officials caught him with a ‘marijuana pipe’ and a baggie with drug residue.
    Trayvon was kicked out of school in October for graffiti after he was allegedly caught with a ‘burglary tool’ and a bag full of women’s jewelry
    Officials also suspended him once for skipping school and tardiness.
    Why is nobody mentioning this, and the fact that he took 4 minutes to get back to his house, when it should have taken 30 seconds. He was scoping out houses to break in “AGAIN”!!

  8. Joe Says:

    Oh, and the reason he was in Sanford, was because his mom was through trying to raise him with his behavior. She sent him to Sanford, because he was soooo bad, and was a drug taking, fighting, burgular, expelled from school.

  9. Joe Says:

    Oh,…. and his dad didn’t know he was misssin until the next day. Niiiice.

  10. OBIWAN Says:

    STAND YOUR GROUND has been the settled law of the land since a SCOTUS 1895 decision stated it succinctly!

    GOV Rick Scott responded … local radio covered it today… he appointed a blue ribbon committee to review the modest changes made 8 years ago… no changes were desired by anyone… he has no intent to recommend any changes at this time.

    Blacks have disproportionately benefited from the citizen friendly standard — three times their population density proclaimed innocence!

    Those 23 other states with similar laws… include Kaleefornya, Meechegun, Massachewsetts and Pennsyltrania. Someone tell Stevie Wonder he is ‘blind’ to the reality of not appearing anymore in LA, San Fran, Detroit, Boston or Philly??

  11. Kaz Says:

    I kind of would like the option of standing my ground if someone is breaking into my house and trying to steal all the things I have worked so hard for.

  12. CanadianBacon Says:

    Joe, if you want to know the truth about anything go to a conservative news channel or read it in a conservative news paper. Don’t expect to get the truth about anything at the PBP or any liberal socialist news outlet, you will not get it.

    NBC is being sued because they doctored the 911 call Zimmerman made that night. They doctored it to make him look like a racist. NBC will most likely settle because they don’t have a chance.

    Zimmerman had been tutoring black and Hispanic children while Trayvon…..well you said it best.

    Many liberals blame their problems on others. They don’t take personal responsibility.

  13. $cott Sux Says:

    $cott cares no more for these protestors than he does for Trayvon Martin, than he does for anyone in Florida who cannot put a dollar in his pocket or one of his cronies. He is no more of a leader than the last lemming walking off a cliff.

  14. Justice4Trayvon Says:

    Wow Joe, I hope you aren’t anyone’s father, if so you are a lousy one. A good parent never gives up on their children, a good teacher never gives up a their students and an adult should never hinder a child from making positive changes in their future by bring up his or her past. In today’s society our children/teens go through and put their parents through a lot not never give on them or shoot them or put their lives in danger. Zimmerman created a senseless crime and because his father is a retired “JUDGE”. So is it really a surprise he wasn’t charged. A child walking down the street Black, White, Mexican, Asia and any other race don’t take their life because you want to be superman, he should have stayed in the car like the authorities informed him to but his is an A HOLE. According to sources” In 2005, at the age of 21, Zimmerman was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, after shoving an officer while a friend of Zimmerman’s was being questioned about underage drinking. The charges were reduced, then dropped when Zimmerman entered a pre-trial diversion program. Also in 2005, Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée filed a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence”. Like I said he’s an A HOLE!

  15. Steve-O Says:

    Hey J4T,…. His momma gave up on him, so you’re not making sense. His daddy didn’t notice him missing until late the next day. I would have to say they gave up on him. He had burglar tools and a bag of jewelry…. Sooooo you’re saying Zimmerman was profiling….. yes he was. If I lived in a development with home invasions and multiple break-ins, you bet your booty I’d be on alert for ANYTHING that was suspicious….. especially a kid walking around scoping out houses (4 mins) in the rain, BLACK OR WHITE!!! Nice try though….. Trayvon should have gone home like 99% of the population would have. “The 1% are the thugs that break in and take things that don’t belong to them. ” NUFF SAID!!

  16. Spearhead Says:

    Bottom line, this was not a stand your ground case.

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