Protesters refuse to leave Florida Capitol

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 6:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 6:58 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Protesters are refusing to leave the state Capitol for a third straight night.

Activists upset with the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial say they will remain in the Capitol until Gov. Rick Scott meets their demand to have legislators revamp the state's self-defense laws.

Scott has been out of town and has said no to a special session. He also has said he does not see a reason to change Florida's "stand your ground" law.

The protesters appear to be well-stocked for a lengthy stay.

The Capitol Police so far has been allowing the group to remain in the Capitol hallways overnight.

The group is upset that Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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