As repugnant and wrong as these views are, law enforcement, especially those in and around Sanford, Fla., are right to prepare for every eventuality. But the public service announcement from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office borders on parody.
By definition, local public service announcements are a mess. Their production values are minimal and the “actors” are stiff and unconvincing. So this effort by the Broward County police fits right in. But, man, the “Raise your voice and not your hands” message gets lost in some serious overacting.
The best thing for everyone to do when the verdict is finally reached is to heed the words of the Martin family. “This is what Sybrina and Tracy have asked everybody in America to do,” attorney Benjamin Crump said about Trayvon’s mother and father, “we will respect the rule of law and we won’t do what George Zimmerman did when he got out of his car, profiled and pursued Trayvon and took the law into his own hands.” It’s as simple as that.
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