Governor Scott Meets With Protesters

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Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is telling protesters that he will not ask lawmakers to revamp the state's self-defense laws.

Scott returned to the state Capitol late Thursday and met for nearly an hour with seven members of the group that has been staging a protest in his office for three straight days.

During the meeting, those present talked about the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial as well as racial profiling they said they had witnessed.

They asked the Republican governor to show "leadership" by calling a special session.

Scott said he planned to call for a day of unity Sunday, and would be willing to listen to their ideas on how to deal with racial profiling. But he said he had no plans to call a special session.

Tallahassee, FL - Thursday night, Florida Governor Rick Scott met with the Dream Defenders on issues surrounding the George Zimmerman trial and Stand Your Ground law in Florida.

The group later tweeted:

"Dream Defenders @Dreamdefenders:

We provided @FLGovScott the opportunity to show real leadership tonight and he did not rise to the call. Our work is not done."

WCTV had a reporter on-scene who sent updates via Twitter.

Read those below, along with a message from Governor Scott.

Tweets from Matt Horn @MattHornTV:

@MattHornTV: #BREAKING: @FLGovScott says he will call for Sunday to be statewide-day for unity. #Tallahassee

#BREAKING: #RickScott still meeting with #DreamDefenders Talking about 2012 task force on Stand Your Ground Law.

Recommends protesters talk to state lawmakers...saying they are who pass the bills.

#BREAKING: @FLGovScott says he will NOT call a special session.

#BREAKING: Dream Defenders: "We'll continue to petition. The more people, the more love you show...we are young,...

#Dreamdefenders : 'presented governor to step up and show real leadership...I think the whole world is disappointed.'

MT @MattHornTV: Protesters: "It's a human rights issue."

Press Release: Office of Governor Rick Scott

Governor Rick Scott Meets with Capitol Protestors, Plans Day of Prayer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott met with the leaders of a group of protestors at the Florida State Capitol. Governor Scott released the following statement following the meeting this evening:

“I asked to meet with the protestors this evening to personally hear their concerns following the jury’s verdict in the Zimmerman case. I expressed my own sympathies for the Martin family and all those affected by Trayvon’s death. Earlier this evening, I also spoke to Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, to again give my condolences on the loss of her son and let her know that she and her family remain in our thoughts and prayers.

“Tonight, the protestors again asked that I call a special session of the Legislature to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. I told them that I agree with the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, which concurred with the law. I also reminded them of their right to share their views with their state legislators and let them know their opinions on the law.

“I also told them that I plan to call for a Statewide Day of Prayer for Unity in Florida this Sunday, July 21st. We have a great state with wonderful, resilient people that rise to meet any challenge. While emotions run high, it is even more important that we join together to strengthen and support one another.”

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