Sit-in at Scott’s office continues; lawmaker urges Gov to ‘come home’by John Kennedy | July 18th, 2013
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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