Standoff at Florida Capitol shows no signs of ending


Protesters crowd into Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Dream Defenders organized a sit-in of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office in response to the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

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Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE — A standoff between protesters and Gov. Rick Scott is showing no signs of ending anytime soon.

The protesters angered by the verdict In the George Zimmerman trial have spent a week at the Capitol. On Monday, they repeated demands that Scott call a special session and ask legislators repeal Florida's "stand your ground" law.

The law allows someone to use deadly force if they believe their life is in danger.

Scott, however, in a brief availability with reporters said he will not call a special session and that he still supports the state's self-defense laws.

The governor, however, did direct the head of the Department of Juvenile Justice to meet with protesters to discuss their concerns. They have complained laws dealing with juveniles wind up pushing them into adult prisons.

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