Civil rights group in center of Florida governor’s race

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A group formed to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer is being injected into the Florida governor’s race.

They’re called Dream Defenders and Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis says it’s a radical group backed by Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Gillum signed the group’s pledge not to take campaign contributions from private prisons or the National Rifle Association, as did three other Democrats seeking the nomination.

But DeSantis is pointing at language on the group’s “Freedom Papers” that says police have no place in justice.

Gillum says DeSantis is just trying to stoke anger and division.

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