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Fef 2013/07/05 20:00:00
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I clearly remember preparing for the verdict of the trial of the LAPD officers accused of beating Rodney King. African-Americans throughout the community prepared to riot if the jury returned a "not guilty" verdict. Race-baiting activists immediately took to the streets and chanted, "No Justice, No Peace" and protested at City Hall.

Some in the community responded by rioting, overturning police cars, looting, burning down stores, etc... Over fifty people died in Los Angeles as a result of the riot. The riots forced the federal government to violate the LAPD officers' civil rights by re-prosecuting them (violating double jeopardy protection).

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I expect the same will happen in Sanford, Florida, if the jury returns a "not guilty" verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. The defense said that Zimmerman shot Treyvon in self-defense. The prosecution has accused Zimmerman of stalking the young, black man and then murdering him because of his skin color.

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We should pray that nobody else dies as a result of the one loss of life that triggered this trial. However, I don't think the racial activists trust the legal system. They will encourage the community to do their dirty work by rioting.

OPPOSINGVIEWS.COM reports:
Sanford, Florida Police Chief Cecil Smith and other city officials are worried that the George Zimmerman trial verdict may cause a riot so they have put together a law enforcement plan, which appears to be targeted at African-Americans.

Read More: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/crime/sanfo...

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  • Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of ... 2013/07/03 04:25:14 (edited)
    Zimmerman as "Guilty" would trigger more riots
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +36
    Neither.

    Let's have a bit of a history lesson. Riots have been in every ethnic group; we are all humans and make irrational decisions. There isn't one ethnic group that has never partaken in rioting, from frustration, manipulation and the list of reasons go on. We should all be condemning destroying our or anyone else neighborhoods period.

    Whether it be, because our favorite sports team lost, an unjust verdict, corrupt politicians, etc. We can either stick together and make America the ideals we actually believe in or continue to tare each other a part.



    This is quoted from a fellow Sodahead, below me.
    "Whites have never engaged in Watts or L.A.-style rioting."

    If you really feel like he does, I encourage you to pick up a history book and read it.







    The Battle in Seattle (November 30, 1999)



    The backdrop: The World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference of 1999 was held in Seattle for three days in November that year. Leading up to the conference, delegates couldn’t agree on an agenda and admitted that the attempt to launch new trade negotiations was being hampered by constant disagreements. The meeting was a target for participants in the anti-globalization movement, which stands in opposition to global capitalism because of its perceived ...























    Neither.

    Let's have a bit of a history lesson. Riots have been in every ethnic group; we are all humans and make irrational decisions. There isn't one ethnic group that has never partaken in rioting, from frustration, manipulation and the list of reasons go on. We should all be condemning destroying our or anyone else neighborhoods period.

    Whether it be, because our favorite sports team lost, an unjust verdict, corrupt politicians, etc. We can either stick together and make America the ideals we actually believe in or continue to tare each other a part.



    This is quoted from a fellow Sodahead, below me.
    "Whites have never engaged in Watts or L.A.-style rioting."

    If you really feel like he does, I encourage you to pick up a history book and read it.







    The Battle in Seattle (November 30, 1999)



    The backdrop: The World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference of 1999 was held in Seattle for three days in November that year. Leading up to the conference, delegates couldn’t agree on an agenda and admitted that the attempt to launch new trade negotiations was being hampered by constant disagreements. The meeting was a target for participants in the anti-globalization movement, which stands in opposition to global capitalism because of its perceived abuse of the worker.

    The final straw: On November 30, the Direct Action Network, an anarchist group, led activists to take control of major intersections and converge on the city to effectively shut it down. The move prevented delegates from reaching the convention center, but some began looting and smashing windows, which invited blowback from police. More than 600 people were arrested, some beaten in the process, and the WTO ended the meeting and reconvened it in 2001.



    "The Boston busing crisis (1974–1988) was a series of protests and riots that occurred in Boston, Massachusetts in response to the passing of the 1965 Racial Imbalance Act, which ordered public schools in the state to desegregate. W. Arthur Garrity Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts laid out a plan for compulsory busing of students from predominantly white areas of the city to schools with predominantly black student populations. The legislation provoked outrage from white Bostonians and led to widespread protests and violent public disturbances. The conflict lasted for over a decade and contributed to a demographic shift in Boston public schools, with dramatically fewer students enrolling in public schools and more white families sending their children to private schools instead."







    The Boston busing crisis The Boston busing riot The Boston busing riot beating









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  • John Paul Allen 2013/07/16 13:15:47
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    John Paul Allen
    So far so good.
  • MisterOriginal 2013/07/16 03:52:40
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    MisterOriginal
    Some people are just looking for an excuse to loot.
  • stevmackey 2013/07/16 00:45:34
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    stevmackey
    Actually both. Unrest is now a reason to riot and destroy everything in sight. Remember Rodney King, the druggy that tried to beat up the cops. That footage was never allowed in court. All you saw was him being knocked down and beaten, You never saw why. Just as the Jury never saw the 17 year old face of Trayvon Martin or his police record. Now they want justice? He just won the verdict. Justice has been served.
  • Verberat 2013/07/15 01:54:09
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    Verberat
    +1
    The real danger is NOT in riots. The real danger is more Zimmermans.
  • hajkorten 2013/07/14 21:55:22 (edited)
  • Blueskys 2013/07/14 07:06:38
    Zimmerman as "Guilty" would trigger more riots
    Blueskys
    "The riots forced the federal government to violate the LAPD officers' civil rights by re-prosecuting them (violating double jeopardy protection)."

    Koon was acquitted in the beating in 1992 of any wrongdoing but was convicted in a federal court of civil rights violations and served 30 months in prison. He also wrote a book during that time, raising more than $4 million in legal fees. Koon’s lawyer, Ira M. Salzman, told the Los Angeles Times that, “He’s a committed family man and he’s moving forward with his life as best as he can.”

    Ironically, according to Time Magazine, Koon was a model cop before the 1991 King beating:


    Before he became a reviled household name, Sergeant Stacey Koon of the L.A. P.D. had been known largely as a problem solver. Not only had he earned more than 90 commendations, but his investigation and push for the discipline of a white officer accused of excessive force against two black homeless men convinced many of his black peers in the force that he was fully committed to racial equality.

    But on the night of March 3, 1991, Koon was one of the four officers who attempted to arrest Rodney King after a high-speed chase. Koon took part in the beating, shooting King twice with an electronic dart gun. In his trial, he testified that he felt the force used...



    "The riots forced the federal government to violate the LAPD officers' civil rights by re-prosecuting them (violating double jeopardy protection)."

    Koon was acquitted in the beating in 1992 of any wrongdoing but was convicted in a federal court of civil rights violations and served 30 months in prison. He also wrote a book during that time, raising more than $4 million in legal fees. Koon’s lawyer, Ira M. Salzman, told the Los Angeles Times that, “He’s a committed family man and he’s moving forward with his life as best as he can.”

    Ironically, according to Time Magazine, Koon was a model cop before the 1991 King beating:


    Before he became a reviled household name, Sergeant Stacey Koon of the L.A. P.D. had been known largely as a problem solver. Not only had he earned more than 90 commendations, but his investigation and push for the discipline of a white officer accused of excessive force against two black homeless men convinced many of his black peers in the force that he was fully committed to racial equality.

    But on the night of March 3, 1991, Koon was one of the four officers who attempted to arrest Rodney King after a high-speed chase. Koon took part in the beating, shooting King twice with an electronic dart gun. In his trial, he testified that he felt the force used was properly controlled. Over the next year, Koon, along with Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, and Theodore Briseno, were acquitted. In his 1992 book, Presumed Guilty: The Tragedy of the Rodney King Affair, Koon further defended his actions and blamed the riots on the media and community leaders.

    A year later, Koon and Powell were retried on federal civil rights charges, convicted, and sentenced to 30 months in prison. Koon was released in 1995, but soon after, an armed man came to the halfway house where Koon was staying in an attempt to kill him. As it happened, Koon was away visiting family at the time, and the assailant, after rampaging through the facility looking for Koon and shooting innocent bystanders, was killed by a SWAT team.

    Salzman says that Koon still gets death threats.
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  • Portholus 2013/07/13 16:30:04
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    Portholus
    This guys only real crime was in not listening to the cops when they told him to not follow the suspicious person in his gated community. Had he done that we do not know what Mr. Martin would have really been doing but both would be alive and unharmed.
  • LVslotdoc 2013/07/13 06:53:44
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    LVslotdoc
    If Zimmerman is found guilty, I don't see that cities will burn.
  • MQ-American Values Again (AVA) 2013/07/13 04:34:34
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    MQ-American Values Again (AVA)
    +2
    Because the Charletons and Jacksins and the media hyped this up to be about race from day one .... sadly, now many cannot see past race to see the facts ...
  • JustCal... MQ-Amer... 2013/07/13 14:54:06
    JustCallMeBub
    According to the law yes Zimmerman should go free,, but is Zimmerman truly innocent.. He holds the tag of being called white with the whites, with the conservatives, and Trayvon holds the tag of being black along with the progressives.. Who is to say that Zimmerman didn't anticipate pulling his gun on some body at one point. When Trayvon came along the opportunity could of arose for Zimmerman. As they were in a scuffle with one another Zimmerman's first intentions was to go for his gun that caused the lacerations to the back of his head along with his broken nose..

    This is something that will remain a secrete with George if this is fact.. Zimmerman was a registered democrat that raised money from conservatives to pay off his lawyers. His own base hasn't shown much support.. For all we know Zimmerman has been playing the conservatives.. No body seen exactly what happen between those two, we only have George's testimony.. Oh and by the way he refused to testify in court.. So it will remain a mystery. Much like some of the higher profile cases where people were found innocent when most likely they could of been guilty.

    I don't know either way but I for one will not lift some one on a pedestal that could have some doubt.. Only God can make a true judgemnet in this case because he s...

    According to the law yes Zimmerman should go free,, but is Zimmerman truly innocent.. He holds the tag of being called white with the whites, with the conservatives, and Trayvon holds the tag of being black along with the progressives.. Who is to say that Zimmerman didn't anticipate pulling his gun on some body at one point. When Trayvon came along the opportunity could of arose for Zimmerman. As they were in a scuffle with one another Zimmerman's first intentions was to go for his gun that caused the lacerations to the back of his head along with his broken nose..

    This is something that will remain a secrete with George if this is fact.. Zimmerman was a registered democrat that raised money from conservatives to pay off his lawyers. His own base hasn't shown much support.. For all we know Zimmerman has been playing the conservatives.. No body seen exactly what happen between those two, we only have George's testimony.. Oh and by the way he refused to testify in court.. So it will remain a mystery. Much like some of the higher profile cases where people were found innocent when most likely they could of been guilty.

    I don't know either way but I for one will not lift some one on a pedestal that could have some doubt.. Only God can make a true judgemnet in this case because he sees with in a man, we see from with out the man..

    Yes his martial arts instructor said that Zimmerman was not capable of defending himself, but where is the doctors report confirming this.. Could it be their friendship was very close with one another.What was the extent of Georges injuries that his Martial arts doctor has stated? Really I don't care either way what extent they were, but I would find it more convincing from a doctor then I would from a friend.
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  • kiara143 2013/07/12 06:54:44
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    kiara143
    the fact that he's CLEARLY guilty makes it worse.. "yeah that was zimmerman's voice screaming" pshh yeah right why would the man with the gun be screaming!! and why would his vocie sound like a young boy who's balls barely dropped ...makes sense
  • Treehugger 2013/07/11 21:16:06
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    Treehugger
    Of course this will trigger more riots. Keeping the reason I believe this to myself although I'm sure many understand just what i mean
  • freddy v. Treehugger 2013/07/16 01:24:06
    freddy v.
    I don't understand. Could you offer an explanation?
  • Treehugger freddy v. 2013/07/16 20:08:52
    Treehugger
    Nope
  • freddy v. Treehugger 2013/07/16 21:29:26 (edited)
    freddy v.
    Thank you! That was informative. What happen to the riots?
  • Treehugger freddy v. 2013/07/17 19:25:54
    Treehugger
    News: Riots Continue in LA Over Zimmerman Verdict
  • freddy v. Treehugger 2013/07/17 22:16:14
    freddy v.
    What riot? The story you posted was not very informative. The photo showed police relaxed. So i called some people who live in california, both Black,3, and white,3 people. 5 people said it is not a riot 1 said it is. Searched the internet, found only the few lines you posted. Strange riot! ... but every individual involved in the so called "riot" should be arrested, and prosecuted. There is no excuse for that type of behavior, and i in no way shape or form attempting to make any!!!
  • Treehugger freddy v. 2013/07/18 19:09:48
    Treehugger
    A riot is a riot, no matter how many people are involved.
  • freddy v. Treehugger 2013/07/18 22:14:16
    freddy v.
    Yes it is a riot for everyone with an agenda. I have talked to 20 more californians Black, and white! The general consensus, no riot!!! The police presence was to prevent escalation of the few into many. Odd how people are cheering for a riot to occur... and in such large numbers. Why is it the riot cheerleaders are overwhelmingly white???
  • Treehugger freddy v. 2013/07/17 19:28:22
  • boocab55 2013/07/11 12:14:32
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    boocab55
    I pray no but
  • Tre 2013/07/10 23:38:08
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    Tre
    Hopefully there are no riots.
  • nicesteve 2013/07/10 21:36:28 (edited)
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    nicesteve
    It's a good bet that a "Not guilty" verdict will trigger the mother of all riots. It will make
    the '92 South Central LA uproar, resulting from the Rodney G. King verdicts look like
    child's play, by comparison. In fact, there's a good possibility of vengeance murders
    of inocent white anglo saxons, who had nothing to do with Treyvon Martin's murder,
    by blacks, in Florida, California, and everywhere in between.
  • Linda D... nicesteve 2013/07/11 13:06:44
    Linda Deaton
    So you are saying the black population will do all this??? If so, do you know the reason?
  • nicesteve Linda D... 2013/07/15 03:54:20
    nicesteve
    In one word? Vengeance.
  • freddy v. nicesteve 2013/07/16 01:28:03
    freddy v.
    I missed it was zim found not guilty? Where were the riots?
  • nicesteve freddy v. 2013/07/18 22:57:23
  • freddy v. nicesteve 2013/07/19 03:59:17 (edited)
    freddy v.
    Lose their temper, return the favor? What are you smoking? Why are white people rooting for rioting?
  • nicesteve freddy v. 2013/07/20 00:03:00
  • freddy v. nicesteve 2013/07/20 00:57:37 (edited)
    freddy v.
    You seem to be rooting for riots! Why are you predicting riots, and not peaceful demonstrations? Black throughout history have been involved in more peaceful demonstrations than riots. Oh yeah white people turned those into riots!!!
  • Linda Deaton 2013/07/10 21:30:09
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    Linda Deaton
    +1
    of course it will cause a riot. It will be the opportunity for gangs and other evil people to show their butts by doing crimes and damaging property just to show the decent families in this country you need to bend over backwards and be nice to them. I, for one, don't kiss butt and speaking mymind has caused me some problems, so what, I have the right to speak against violence especially the kind that isn't necessary regardless hoe the trial ends.
  • freddy v. Linda D... 2013/07/16 01:29:41
    freddy v.
    Are their any videos of the riots?
  • IAmMoreAwesomeThanU 2013/07/10 20:21:02
  • Royo 2013/07/10 19:52:06
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    Royo
    I'm actually concerned about riots occurring across the country. In 1992 we didn't have Twitter or Facebook. Just imagine how easy it will be for riots to spring up through social media..
  • whitecollar 2013/07/10 17:41:54
    Zimmerman as "Not Guilty" would trigger more riots
    whitecollar
    +1
    If Zimmerman had stayed in his car, it wouldn't have happened. He didn't need to follow Travon. He was told "we don't need you to follow him." That was his first mistake. Carrying a gun was his second mistake.
  • Sean Ra... whiteco... 2013/07/10 18:05:17
    Sean Rafferty
    There is nothing wrong with carrying a firearm legally. And a dispatcher has no legal authority. Msybe Trayvon shouldn't have attacked Zimmerman. Things would probably have ended differently if he didn't Zimmerman.
  • Tre Sean Ra... 2013/07/10 23:40:56 (edited)
    Tre
    If Zimmerman left Trayvon alone, maybe he wouldn't have attacked him if he actually did attack him. Trayvon was walking minding his own business.
  • Linda D... Tre 2013/07/18 14:47:00
    Linda Deaton
    In an no open area. Private Property. This property wasn't his business.
  • Tre Linda D... 2013/07/21 15:42:37
    Tre
    His dad lived there. So it was his business.
  • Linda D... Tre 2013/07/28 13:53:30
    Linda Deaton
    that is the first I have heard of that! Did that come out in the trial?
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