TALLAHASSEE (CBS Miami) – Following the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, some Florida students have joined together to call for a “Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act”.
Out of more than 100 students who visited the Florida State Capitol, 30 of the students began spending the night there, Tuesday, demanding justice after the acquittal of Zimmerman.READ MORE: Officials: Man On American Airlines Flight From Guatemala Hitched Ride To Miami Inside Plane's Landing Gear
The students have said they will not leave until their demands for new civil rights legislation are heard by Governor Rick Scott.
The group called Dream Defenders said it will request a special session of the legislature and called for additional students and supporters to join them at the state capitol in Tallahassee.
A petition is also being circulated. Click here.
According to the request, the students want the following items addressed:READ MORE: Assisted Living Facility In Lauderhill May Lose License After Woman Dies
– Fully repeal Stand Your Ground Law
– Require law enforcement agencies to develop written policies defining and prohibiting racial profiling.
– Mandate law enforcement training on racial profiling.
– Repeal zero-tolerance policies in schools.
– Promote restorative justice programs for youth.MORE NEWS: Boca Raton Man Faces Charges In Fatal Crash That Killed Homestead Mom, Daughter On Thanksgiving Eve
So far, Dream Defenders has managed to get support from House Rep. Alan Williams, Commissioner Andrew Gillum and hip-hop icon Russell Simmons.