If Zimmerman walks, riots are expected

If Zimmerman walks, riots are expected

Trayvon before and afterAs the defense begins its phase of the trial, some legal analysts are beginning to express doubts that a conviction is forthcoming. If George Zimmerman is, in fact, acquitted, police in Sanford, Fla., and other cities across Americas are girding against the possibility of riots.

The New American warns:

[A] ‘not guilty’ verdict in the controversial case could set off an explosive wave of deadly violence rivaling the mass riots that ensued following the 1992 Rodney King trial. If mayhem does strike, analysts say the establishment media, President Obama, and assorted race-profiteers would bear much of the blame.

The article cites a Facebook page titled “RIOT for Trayvon.” As Breitbart noted last week Facebook, after initially insisting it would not remove the page, claiming that the content “doesn’t violate our community standard on credible threat of violence,” it later capitulated to complaints. (It appears also to have deleted a page titled “Kill Zimmerman,” which at the time of the Breitbart post, was still active.)

Twitter, The New American writes, is similarly rife with threats of violence in the event of an acquittal, all by self-styled Trayvon Martin supporters. Twitchy compiled a cross-section of representative tweets, all typified by their use of “gangsta”-speak:

If #Zimmerman get off ima shoot the first #hispanic/white i see.

Trayvon Martin need justice! Gimme me tha pistol ill kill Zimmerman myself!

If Zimmerman win, I’m gonna go kill a white a kid by mistake.

If #zimmerman get off ima kill him myself since no one wanna take care of his Mexican burrito eatin a** [expletive deleted].

It should be lost on no one that all of these threats are expressions of rampant racism.

Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith, while refusing to offer details about law-enforcement plans, said of the potential for rioting, “Our worst fear is that we will have people from outside of the community coming in and stirring up … violence in the community.”


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