The case against George Zimmerman, the man who is on trial against last year’s shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin, is nearing a verdict. As the verdict approaches, authorities in Florida urge the public to ‘raise your voice, not your hands.’ Foreseeing that the outcome of the very public case is likely to spark widespread disappointment on either sides of the debate, law enforcement have set up a response plan.
Millions of Americans have already made up their minds about what should happen; many worry that no matter what the verdict, passions will be inflamed. The response plan, which includes a public service announcements, prompts the public not to resort to violence. To speak and voice your opinion is encouraged, however, to encourage violence is not.