Local Authorities Prepare For Zimmerman Trial Verdict

By Julie Montanaro
July 11, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Cities all over Florida are getting ready for the verdict making sure they are prepared for the possibility of protests and violence.

Hundreds of students rallied in hoodies in Tallahassee last spring, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman who claims he shot Martin in self defense-- is now on trial for second degree murder and the jury could begin deliberating as early as Friday. Some folks in Tallahassee say the verdict could prompt people to take to the streets again.

Tallahassee Police and Leon County Sheriff's deputies have met with FDLE to make sure they are ready for the possibilities, but they do not expect a violent backlash here. They are monitoring social media and have crowd control plans for the most likely protest spots - The capital and the governor's mansion.

Tallahassee's NAACP President will be in Orlando for the NAACP convention, just 30 minutes away. He says civil unrest is a possibility especially in big cities but hopes folks will follow the Martin family's lead.

Landry points it's possible there could be a hung jury and any guilty verdict will likely be appealed, so he stresses, even when there's a verdict, the racially charged case may not be over.

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