I was in my dorm room the day the verdict was read. I remember thinking it was complete crap. I remember thinking a man just got away with murder. I remember I went to class. What I don’t remember are the riots that ensued. I don’t remember the smash and grabs. I don’t remember torching cars or throwing rocks at the police. Because that never happened.
On October 3, 1995, OJ Simpson was found not guilty. I was disgusted but resigned to the decision made by a jury. It never occurred to me to riot. And why should it have?
Fast forward nearly twenty years. Another trial and another much-anticipated verdict. And, if the media is to be believed, an eventual riot. It doesn’t even matter what the verdict IS. The Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board is concerned about the “violent response” to a not guilty verdict as much as a “victory riot” for a guilty verdict. The CRB met with community leaders and clergy. They’ve said they’ll set up “First Amendment Zones” to allow people to voice their concerns or feelings after the verdict comes down. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s office released a video asking for calm. The PSA theme “Raise your voice, not your hands” is aimed at anyone that might resort to violence in the wake of the trial’s outcome.
In Sanford, where the crime occurred, the police are also preparing. It’s not surprising given the public response after the shooting, before George Zimmerman was arrested.
Like the Black Panthers putting a $10,000 bounty on Zimmerman.
Or Spike Lee tweeting the address he thought was Zimmerman’s, forcing the family that actually lived there to flee in fear.
It’s a good thing the Obama administration has stayed out of what should have been a local case. (Or no case at all).
Except when the President announced that if he had a son, he’d look like Trayvon; hoodie and all.
Or when the DOJ sent officials “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida” during the March 31st rally in Sanford. The very rally headlined by none other than Al Shaprton and which called for the prosecution of George Zimmerman.
I’m sure they’ve already made plans to send a team into Chicago to rally against continued violence there. It’s a good thing it’s a gun free zone or they’d be in some real trouble. Maybe they’ll send a team to Massachusetts next. Any “Justice for Odin Llyod” rallies expected? Is Aaron Hernandez a “white Hispanic” too? Anyone? NBC? Al Shaprton? Nothing?