Police Readying First Amendment Zones To Quell Possible Zimmerman Backlash
MIAMI (CBS4) – Unsure of how the public will react following the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial, local leaders and police are working closely to establish designated areas where people can gather peacefully.
Two First Amendment Zones will be ready to go whenever the decision comes down from the jury in Sanford.
Authorities are encouraging anyone who wants their voice to be heard to gather in these zones, instead of taking to the streets and inciting riots.
“Riots are not acceptable and riots are not expected,” Patterson said at a recent community meeting.
MDPD’s motto for the outcome of the case is “Be vocal, not violent.”
In the month following the death of Trayvon Martin, South Florida students staged walk-outs. The demonstrations were public, yet peaceful rallies in support of the teen who lived here.
With the trial coming to a close, some worry people may turn to rioting.
The following areas have been designated First Amendment zones:
— Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park
6160 NW 32nd Ct, Miami, FL 33142
— Goulds Park
11350 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33170
The following churches will be open for prayer.
St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church
17901 SW 107th Avenue, Miami, Florida
Second Baptist Church
11111 Pinkston Drive, Miami, Florida
Community Baptist Church
1055 NW 6th Avenue, Miami, Florida
Covenant Baptist Church
1055 NW 6th Avenue, Florida City, Florida
Husanna Community Baptist Church
2171 NW 56th Street, Miami, Florida
Redemption Missionary Baptist Church
4820 NW 27th Avenue, Miami, Florida
Jordan Grove Baptist Church
5946 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida
Westview Baptist Church
13301 NW 24th Avenue, Miami, Florida
New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church
268 NW 48th Street, Miami, Florida
Community Bible Baptist Church
10225 SW 147th Terrace, Miami, Florida