I thought all they wanted was an arrest? So if he’s released on bail now are there going to be riots or something?
Florida officials were preparing for a possible backlash today if fatal shooter George Zimmerman walks free from a bond hearing.
Barricades were placed outside Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford ahead of today’s hearing. An Emergency Operations Center was on standby and a SWAT team will be placed on alert.
“We are prepared for all the contingencies,” Sanford city manager Norton Bonaparte told myFOXorlando.com.
Zimmerman’s attorney took extra steps to keep the shooter’s relatives safe. Mark O’Mara asked a judge Thursday to keep phone numbers of family members private. They planned to testify by telephone to support Zimmerman.
O’Mara added, “[There is] a lot of built-up emotion, there have been threats and concerns.”
He said his client had a good chance of bonding out of jail, as long as it was a reasonable amount of money.
He said, “He’s very worried about the process, but we have built a trust relationship which is great, and he’s hopeful he’ll be out on bond tomorrow [Friday]. He certainly wants to be back with his family and safe.”
The family of Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot in Sanford in February, planned to testify at the hearing.
Factors in whether Zimmerman will get bail include whether he poses a flight risk and is a danger to the community.
He faces life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.
Should be a piece of cake finding a jury, right?