Protesters upset with George Zimmerman verdict leave Capitol

Published On: Aug 15 2013 05:00:36 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2013 05:01:11 PM EDT

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Though former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman's defense never cited Stand Your Ground laws in its case, the jury was instructed to consider them during deliberations. The jury acquitted Zimmerman of all charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.


Protesters angry by the acquittal of George Zimmerman are leaving the Florida Capitol after staging a 31-day long protest.

The small but determined group wanted Gov. Rick Scott to call a special session to repeal the state's "stand your ground" law.

Scott refused the request. But House Speaker Will Weatherford agreed to hold a legislative hearing on the law.

Organizers said they were not giving up on their goals.

They plan to return to the Capitol when lawmakers hold committee meetings in September. They also plan to register voters and target legislators who opposed them.

The protest group, known as the Dream Defenders, also said they will join events being held in Washington D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famed "I Have a Dream" speech.


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