Trayvon Supporters Mobilize Out-of-State Support to Fla. Capitol

Slain teen's backers say they are bringing in outside help to repeal the controversial law.

A Capitol Police officer shuts the doors to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office at 5 p.m. Wednesday July 17, 2013, as protestors chant in the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.
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The Trayvon Martin supporters who flooded Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office Thursday night say they are now mobilizing out-of-state help to come to the Florida Capitol and help make their case.

Scott met with leaders of the activist group, the Dream Defenders, in the Capitol on Thursday night to hear their demands for a special legislative session to consider "The Trayvon Civil Rights Act," which would put an end to racial profiling by police, as well as repeal Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

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Scott told the protesters he was against racial profiling but would not call for changes to the Stand Your Ground law, which allows the use of deadly force in self-defense without a requirement to retreat, NBC reports. In a statement, Scott said he "also reminded them of their right to share their views with their state legislators."

Steven Pargett, a spokesman for Dream Defenders, said that wasn't good enough. On Friday morning, according to Pargett, the group was working to gather protesters from across Tallahassee, including 80 members of the local Boys and Girls Club, as well as supporters from other cities.

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"What's been going on in the state has shown it's not safe for us to get out in the streets," he said. "So we are hyper amping up our outreach – in Tallahassee, our chapters throughout the state, and different cities. There's going to be a lot more people. ... We've got a lot of friends."

The Dream Defenders formed in response to the "not guilty" verdict on Saturday for George Zimmerman in the shooting death of black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, which sparked a national conversation over Stand Your Ground laws and racial profiling.

 

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