Law Enforcement Considers 'Response Plan' before Zimmerman Verdict
The Broward County sheriff's office said it's working closely with the Sanford Police Department before the verdict is released in the George Zimmerman trial, hinting at preventing the possibility of violence as the verdict comes out.
Freedom of expression is a constitutional right, the office said in a statement. While raising your voice is encouraged, using your hands is not.
While Sheriff Scott Israel said there's no particular evidence that any crimes may take place at the end of Zimmerman's trial, he did advise Florida residents to keep any and all protests peaceful. BSO created a public service announcement video encouraging residents to "Raise Your Voice, Not Your Hands."
"Im Sheriff Scott Israel, and law enforcement does have your back, said the sheriff in the video.
George Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges in the fatal killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. The verdict in his trial could be reached as early as this week.
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