As closing arguments wrap up in George Zimmerman’s murder trial, Florida law enforcement officials are asking the public to refrain from rioting once a verdict is announced.
Whatever the verdict in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin, there is bound to be anger. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to “Raise your voice, not your hands,” in this video posted to its website
After the Los Angeles riots in 1992 following the Rodney King trial, any high-profile court case in which race is a central issue, law enforcement will be on alert.
However, as The Atlantic Wire points out
, “No one really has any idea how the community will react when it’s all over.”
Police have also been going door to door in Sanford, Fla., where the incident occurred, to urge residents to keep the peace—no matter the verdict.
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“Our worst fear is that we’d have people form outside the community coming and stirring up … violence,” Sanford Police Chief Cecile Smith tells WND.com