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Zimmerman trial protesters energized by Gov. Scott's decision not to call special session

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Gov. Rick Scott shakes the hands of Capitol protesters after meeting with them Thursday night.

Tallahassee, Florida - Protesters holding a sit-in at the state Capitol in honor of Trayvon Martin say they will continue their vigil until Gov. Rick Scott meets their demands.

The governor met with a small group of the protesters Thursday night to listen to their concerns.

They want Scott to call a special legislative session to consider a so-called Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act that would include a repeal of Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

That controversial law, passed in 2005, allows people to use deadly force in public if they feel a serious threat to their safety.

Scott told the protesters he would not call a special session because he does not think Florida's Stand Your Ground law needs to be changed.

Now that decision is energizing the protesters. Phillip Agnew of the Dream Defenders says they are trying to attract more people to support their effort.

"Quite possibly he (Gov. Scott) didn't think our case was strong enough and so we're taking this opportunity to call on all youth from around Florida to join us here at the Capitol as we continue with our demand for a special session of the Legislature. We're very serious about this. It pains our heart that we live in a state where a child can be killed just for the way he looks."

The protesters also want a special legislative session to establish new rules for police on racial profiling, as well as changes to zero-tolerance policies in public schools.

Dave Heller

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