As the ongoing murder trial of George Zimmerman continues, several supporters of the late Trayvon Martin have pushed out threats as to what will happen if Zimmerman is found not guilty.
Florida police are working to anticipate the public's reaction either way, and have already sent a message to those following the trial: Raise your voice, not your hands. The outcome of the racially tinged case, police say, is likely to disappoint one group of people or the other. Law enforcement agencies in the area have now set up a response plan including a public service announcement issued this week.
The threats, posted on Twitter, are often deadly acts of violence toward Zimmerman himself or toward white/hispanic strangers, despite Twitter policy: "Violence and Threats: You may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others." Warning: Some coarse language to follow.
George Zimmerman and all white people succ dicc and shud die ASAP— CREEPLIFE (@bossmobbseant) June 28, 2013
I would love to Split his back open and cut out sections of his spine then close him up RT @Mr_MKN: Zimmerman gotta die— Tee ♋ (@Tee622) July 19, 2012
Somebody kill Zimmerman before I do— †ony øccult (@tLeRoy614) July 19, 2012
If George Zimmerman win I'm gonna kill a fat white boy dat look lik George Zimmerman I swear lol— CREEPLIFE (@bossmobbseant) June 27, 2013
Watchin this George Zimmerman interview it makes me wanna go to Florida & shoot him...— Jordan4thQuarterIn92 (@Blizzy716) July 19, 2012
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty for self-defense in the deadly shooting of Martin.
Other Twitter users have commented on the case, including Mia Farrow, who said the shooting was a racist act regardless of the verdict.
Bottom line: in our hearts we know that if Trayvon had been a blond boy, it is unlikely that Zimmerman would have followed & killed him— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 10, 2013