FLORIDA: Broward Sheriff's Office Issues Plea For Peace After Zimmerman Verdict
The Broward County Sheriff's Office has posted a rap video in which young people plea for peace, whatever the verdict may be in the Zimmerman trial. Right wing sites have long predicted riots should Zimmerman be acquitted. Breitbart has posted a transcript:
The video, titled “Raise Your Voice, Not Your Hands,” focuses on attempting to channel reaction into non-violent response. It depicts two youngsters, one black teenage boy, one Hispanic teenage girl. “Raise your voice!” says the girl. “And not your hands!” says the boy. “We need to stand together as one, no cuffs, no guns,” says the girl. “Let’s give violence a rest, because we can easily end up arrested,” says the boy. “I know your patience will be tested,” says the girl, and then both conclude, “but law enforcement has your back!” “Let’s back up and choose not to act up, and deputies are with us, so no need to act up,” says the boy. “Let it roll off your shoulders,” says the girl, “it’s water off your back, don’t lack composure, because in one instant it could be over.” Both conclude: “So let’s make the choice to raise your voice and not your hands.” Sheriff Scott Israel says, “I’m Sheriff Scott Israel, and law enforcement does have your back.”UPDATE: JMG reader Matt found the clip on YouTube.
RELATED: The trial is taking place in Sanford, which is north of Orlando. Broward County is in south Florida, which saw widespread rioting in 1989 after a Hispanic cop in Miami shot a black man off of his speeding motorcycle. The motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was seriously injured.