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UPDATED: Protesters crowd governor's office, demand an end to Stand Your Ground law

More than two dozen of the protesters who crowded Gov. Rick Scott's office Tuesday planned to spend the night in the Florida Capitol.

The activists, known as the Dream Defenders, want Scott to convene a special session of the Florida Legislature to address the state's controversial Stand Your Ground law. They also want Florida lawmakers to consider passing a Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act.

"If the courts aren't going to deal with these issues, we have to call upon our elected officials to make changes," said Nailah Summers, 25, a Miami Beach native and president of the University of Florida chapter of the Dream Defenders.

The demonstration came three days after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The protesters flooded Scott's office early Tuesday, and pledged to stay until they could meet with the governor.

There was just one problem: Scott was in New York.

The activists decided to wait. 

"We're hoping [Scott] sees the seriousness of the issue and hurries home," said Ahmad Abuznaid, 28, the Dream Defender's legal and policy director. "We know New York is a great place to visit, but we have business to take care of here at home."

When the Capitol closed at 5 p.m., about two dozen protesters were allowed to stay inside. They planned to dine on leftover pizza and sleep on the tile floors. Sleeping bags are not allowed, a Capitol police officer said.

It wasn't clear when Scott would return to his office, or if he planned to meet with the students.

But Scott spokeswoman Melissa Sellers pointed out that the governor had already convened a task force to review the Stand Your Ground law last year.

“The task force recommended that the law should not be overturned and Governor Scott agrees,” Sellers said.

Still, the protesters vowed not to give up.

"We are here because we need justice for Trayvon," said Estefania Galviz, a 22-year-old student from Jacksonville, who traveled to Sanford to hear the verdict and then made the trip to Tallahassee. "Trayvon represents the black and brown community and the youth of this country. Clearly, we are not treated equally."


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Four Children Gunned Down in Chicago During Zimmerman Trial
On June 28, five-year-old Sterling Sims was killed in a double murder that also claimed the life of his mother, 31-year-old Chavonne Brown. Both were shot in their apartment, and police believe the motive was robbery.

On July 1, 16-year-old Antonio Fenner was gunned down on the sidewalk next to the body of a 32-year-old man who had gang ties. No arrests were made, and no suspects have been named. Fenner’s mother believes her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time, because no one in her family knew the other victim or what Fenner’s association was to him.

On July 3, 14-year-old Damani Henard was murdered outside a high school. His body was found next a bicycle.

On July 9, 15-year-old Ed Cooper was shot and killed while spending time with friends at the park. A gunman got out of a black van and began firing as the boys ran away. Cooper was shot in the street and continued running to a vacant lot where he died.

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Where is their justice?

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