Law Enforcement Agencies In Florida Prepare For Possible Violence After Zimmerman Verdict
July 9, 2013 by Sam Rolley
In anticipation of a forthcoming verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, officials with the Broward County Sherriff’s Department and the Sanford Police Department in Florida are working to avert possible violence stemming from racially-charged tension.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office issued a press release and an accompanying public service announcement via video in a bid to encourage people to express any discontent with the Zimmerman verdict peacefully.
From the release: “Freedom of expression is a constitutional right. While raising your voice is encouraged, using your hands is not. BSO has created a public service announcement with the help of kids from the Jason Taylor Foundation, H.A.N.D.Y. (Helping Abused, Neglected, Disadvantaged Youth) and basketball star James Jones of the championship Miami Heat team urging young people not to let their emotions get the best of them.”
A verdict in the Zimmerman trial is expected as soon as next week.
“We don’t have information about a specific event that might take place at the conclusion of the trial, but we encourage everyone to keep any protests peaceful,” Sheriff Scott Israel said.
Members of the agency’s Strategic Investigation Division have been maintaining open lines of communication with community leaders, civic activists, members of the clergy, as well as local, state and Federal agencies in an effort to stay one step ahead of potential violence.
Over the past several weeks, Twitter and other social networks have exploded with threats of violence throughout the Nation if Zimmerman is not found guilty.