(Miami-Dade County, FL) – The Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board (CRB) and the Miami-Dade Youth Commission will brief the community regarding legal issues in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of Miami-Dade teenager Trayvon Martin. Information will also be shared about activities being planned around Miami-Dade county both before and after a verdict is announced. The briefing will take place Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Dade Regional Library, 2455 N.W. 183rd Street, Miami, FL 33145.
Representatives of the CRB and the Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association will be part of a panel describing the legal issues and procedures. They will also answer questions from community members regarding the trial. Miami-Dade faith leaders, advocates and law enforcement representatives have also committed to sharing information about other events and activities that are being planned to engage the public as the trial nears conclusion and once a verdict is announced. The shooting of the unarmed Miami Gardens teenager by a man in Sanford, Florida in February 2012, sparked an outpouring of public comment and large demonstrations across the nation. Tens of thousands of Miami-Dade teenagers took part in rallies and marches around 31 senior and middle schools in the community.
“The tragic death of 17-year-old high school student Trayvon Martin has raised many questions and concerns among young people in the community where he lived,” said Dr. Walter T. Richardson, CRB Chair. “The ongoing legal proceedings against the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin has re-focused back public attention on the case and issues of intense concern to this community. The briefing on the trial will keep our youth and community informed.”
The CRB works to prevent and reduce community tensions and build bridges of mutual understanding, cooperation and respect among our diverse populations. The CRB and Youth Commission are working to promote non-violent responses to the killing of Trayvon Martin and are engaging key organizations and leaders to empower and protect our communities, particularly the youth.