(PAUL JOSEPH WATSON) -- As the jury retires to consider its verdict, threats to stage riots, looting and racial violence if George Zimmerman is acquitted continue to flood Twitter in greater numbers than ever before despite efforts by authorities to discourage unrest.
Having tracked such threats for the last two weeks, it is clear that the volume of vows to stage violent disorder is now clearly at its peak as police prepare to counter flash mob violence in both Sanford and Miami.
The defense for George Zimmerman presented its closing argument this morning with the jury expected to deliver its verdict by the middle of next week. However, the rights and wrongs of the case have to a great extent been overshadowed by sustained threats by Trayvon Martin supporters to spark Rodney King-style riots if Zimmerman is found not guilty.
Extremist groups like the New Black Panthers have also promised to oversee a “rebellion” if Zimmerman is acquitted, warning that “If Zimmerman is acquitted there is likely to be unrest all over America, It will be way beyond the capacity of the NBPP.”
Some are even asking if the judge in the case, lifelong Democrat Debra Nelson, was pressured by the Obama administration to introduce the lesser charge of 3rd degree murder at the last minute in order to secure a conviction when it looked more than likely that Zimmerman would walk free. Given Nelson’s unprecedented outburst against Zimmerman and his lawyers, such claims are gaining traction.
A week ago most legal analysts were confident in predicting that the state had failed to prove its case of murder in the second degree. Was the lesser charge introduced so late in the game in order to ensure Zimmerman would not walk, thus preventing widespread disorder? [...]
For people like Time Magazine, who are claiming that it is racist to even discuss the potential of or prepare for riots, go and actually check the sheer volume of people who are making these threats. Even if 99% of them turn out to be bluffing, the potential for significant disorder cannot be ignored no matter how many times the race card is played. Continue reading...