Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation for a statewide “day of prayer for unity” following the ongoing protests against the George Zimmerman trial verdict.
Scott met with protesters Thursday night to hear their thoughts and concerns, particularly surrounding the controversial Stand Your Ground Law. He issued this statement:
I asked to meet with the protesters this evening to personally hear their concerns following the jury’s verdict in the Zimmerman case.
Tonight, the protesters again asked that I call a special session of the Legislature to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. I told them that I agree with the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, which concurred with the law. I also reminded them of their right to share their views with their state legislators and let them know their opinions on the law.
We have a great state with wonderful, resilient people that rise to meet any challenge. While emotions run high during this time of grieving, it is even more important that we join together to strengthen and support one another.
While the governor is happy to speak with the protesters about the issues surrounding Stand Your Ground, he has made no attempt at taking a stance against the law, but encourages people to share their opinions with the state legislators. The group of activists included students and members of the Dream Defenders organization, who encourage peaceful civic engagement and social change.