Miami-Dade County leaders meet over George Zimmerman trial

Community Relations Board meets with classmates of Trayvon Martin

MIAMI - The Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board meets with classmates of Trayvon Martin to promote a peaceful message during the trial.

The Community Relations Board met Tuesday. It has already begun reaching out to youth leaders, schools, and churches.

George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Martin, who was shot in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Thousands of students demonstrated after the shooting.

"Zimmerman is about to go back on trial. There might be riots and conflicts because people are still mad," said student Isis Clark.

"Miami-Dade County and its Community Relations Board hear you. We understand you. We want to react with you for the upcoming trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin," said Edward Shohat with the Community Relations Board. "In accomplishing this, our goal will be to use the twin pillars of knowledge and communication."

The Community Relations Board plans on producing daily TV shows on the government channel explaining what is going on during the trial. It will also hold a youth summit.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming the shooting was in self-defense.  He said Martin, who was not armed, was beating him up when he fired his gun.

Zimmerman's murder trial is scheduled to begin in June, although a "stand your ground" hearing, based on Florida law that allows someone to shoot to kill if they feel their life is in danger, will be held earlier.

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