More than a year ago, black leaders and activists took to the streets throughout Florida and the nation to protest the Sanford police’s investigation of the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and push for the prosecution of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
With the jury in Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial expected to start deliberating Friday, many of those same leaders — church elders and community activists — are now joining hands with law enforcement officials in Sanford, South Florida and elsewhere to urge people to remain calm if Zimmerman is found not guilty.
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