Political activists began a sit-in in Gov. Rick Scott’s office today, vowing not to leave until the governor returns to Tallahassee and addresses their concerns. They are protesting George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict Saturday in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The students were there as part of a Dream Defenders protest.
They filled the governor’s office at the Capitol and want a special session of the Legislature to address Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, passed in 2005.
Some analysts say the change in law, which did away with the requirement that a victim seek to retreat from trouble before using deadly force “if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”
“We’re here for the long haul,” said Dream Defender Director Phillip Agnew as he addressed more than 75 people who packed into Scott’s outer office. “Let’s keep the energy going.”
The crowd, which was made up of people from across the state, North Carolina and Louisiana, surged with energy as chants of “Justice for Trayvon” and song filled the halls of the Capitol, momentarily providing a distraction for the Attorney General’s office down the hall, followed by an urging from Agnew to follow the direction of Capitol Police.