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Dream Defenders ending Capitol protest



The monthlong student protest in the Florida Capitol will come to an end today, the Miami group known as the Dream Defenders announced.

The occupation began on July 16, three days after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The Dream Defenders pledged to stay until Gov. Rick Scott called a special session on "stand your ground," the controversial self-defense law that factored into the Zimmerman case.

Scott met with the protesters on July 18 but refused to call a special session.

The Dream Defenders tried to convince state lawmakers to call a session themselves but could not must enough support.

Dream Directors Executive Director Phillip Agnew claimed at least one victory: House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has promised a hearing on the stand your ground law this fall.

The group had also wanted to bring attention to racial profiling and the school-to-prison pipeline.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 3:31pm]


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