Zimmerman verdict: Law enforcement ready, locals not worried

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Photo Gallery: George Zimmerman trial, from gunshot to jury
In this March 21, 2012, file photo, demonstrators pray during the Million Hoodie March for slain teenager Trayvon Martin in Union Square in New York. The jury in the trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman began deliberating his fate, Friday, July 12, 2013, on charges in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Photo: Mary Altaffer


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  • TAMPA, Florida -- As the country keeps their eyes glued to their televisions screens and Twitter feeds awaiting a the jury's verdict for the George Zimmerman trial, law enforcement has made it clear in some areas they want the public to react to the verdict appropriately.

    "I don't think people will behave poorly," said Anthony Brown, as he was watching the television at his local barber shop off Columbus and Himes in west Tampa.

    "I care about the trial, yeah, I see myself in Trayvon," said Brown. "When I see Trayvon, I kind of see myself, a product of urban culture. We walk this way, we dress this way, that is me. Somebody is following me, I want to know why you following me."

    Another customer at the barber shop said he related to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, too.

    "I feel a connection to him, because there are a lot of people who profile you for what you wear or how you look," said 18-year-old Emanuel Camacho.

    The Broward County Sheriff's Office released a public service announcement this week that encouraged the people to use their voice to make their opinions heard and not their hands. 

    Sanford police chief Cecil Smith also said on Friday, "We have an opportunity to ensure that we speak our peace peacefully, to come together peacefully. When you leave here, you leave here peacefully."

    "I know the verdict might make me angry, but I am not a violent person. But others are and they might take my anger and multiply it by ten, so yes I think it is smart for officers to be prepared," said Brown.

    "Emotions run high. We saw it before when this case all started last year. It was a scary time," said Camacho. 

    Hillsborough County deputies said they will not get involved in any speculation of what could happen after the trial.

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