Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in February and a grand jury is soon set to decide whether Zimmerman will be prosecuted in the case. This pending decision has the city of Sanford preparing for all possible outcomes, including riots and other forms of disobedience.
Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett said that his office’s emergency management team has met with the Justice Department to develop a plan for such contingencies.
“You always prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” Triplett said. “We’re planning for the ‘what-if’ case scenario, and that would be to make sure that all of our citizens get the protection they pay their taxes for.”
Triplett does note that all previous protests have been non-violent, but remains cautious.
“Those that would like to make this a defining moment for the city of Sanford are wrong, and we just have to make sure that we do a good job of making sure that that’s not our lasting image,” Triplett said.