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Rick Scott returns to Tallahassee, meets with protesters



Gov. Rick Scott unexpectedly returned to Tallahassee Wednesday night to meet with a group of college students who had camped out near his office for three days to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Scott met with six of the students, called the Dream Defenders, in a press conference room near the governor's office. Scott listened as students relayed their concerns over the "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law and issues related to racial profiling in the state.

The group has vowed to remain camped out in the Capitol until Scott calls a special session to address concerns over the 2005 Stand Your Ground law. But in comments to the Dream Defenders, Scott said he believes the Stand Your Ground law should remain on the books.

Scott said he spoke with the mother of Martin, Sybrina Fulton, on Wednesday and told the students he would ask for a day of prayer in memory of Martin.

The Dream Defenders said Wednesday night they would remain in the Capitol until Scott calls a special session. Story here.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:11pm]


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