George Zimmerman verdict protest: Sit-in staged at office of Florida Governor Rick Scott

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Roughly 100 protesters are staging a sit-in at the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott over the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman.

The group vowed to stay in Scott's office overnight.

Protesters say they want Scott to call a special session and ask legislators to change laws that they say harm blacks. One of the laws they want repealed is the state's "stand your ground" law that allows someone to use deadly force if they believe their life is in danger.

Ciara Taylor from Jacksonville said the group was "standing" its ground on behalf of Trayvon Martin and for "justice." Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges Saturday in Martin's death.

The protesters first gathered on the steps of the historic Capitol building, then went over to Scott's office.

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Governor Rick Scott's communications director Melissa Sellers issued the following statement:

"As the Governor has said, as a father and a grandfather, his heart goes out to Trayvon Martin's family and all those affected by his death.  We are grateful that people across our great nation have the right to assemble and share their views.  The Martin family's representative said, ‘We accept the jury's verdict in this case,' and the Governor appreciates the service of the six women on the jury who did their duty as part of our country's judicial process.

"Immediately following Trayvon Martin's death, Governor Scott called a bi-partisan Special Task Force with 19 citizens to review Florida's Stand Your Ground Law. This Task Force listened to Floridians across the state and heard their viewports and expert opinions on this law. The task force recommended that the law should not be overturned, and Governor Scott agrees."

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