TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State law enforcement officials say that a week-long standoff at the Florida Capitol has caused security costs to escalate.
Protesters upset with the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial have refused to leave the building until Gov. Rick Scott calls a special session. They want the Legislature to repeal the state's "stand your ground" law.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday released an estimate of how much has been spent since the Monday before the protest started.
FDLE estimated that so far the overall cost has been nearly $98,000 due to overtime and the need to have extra officers present. Part of that cost, however, includes what would have been spent normally.
Scott has repeatedly said he will not call a special session. Protesters have steadfastly refused to leave.