The Miami Police Department is requiring officers to undergo riot training this week, but claims it has nothing to do with the upcoming verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
“This is just purely coincidence and it is mandatory training we have to do every year... It’s a mandatory training. All these officers are given this equipment and it’s in the event we have civil unrest at any given moment our officers are ready on a minute’s notice,” Miami Police spokesman Freddie Cruz told CBS Miami.
However, Javier Ortiz with the Fraternal Order of Police (police officers' union) doesn't buy that explanation.
“It’s very coincidental that it’s falling at this time.” said Ortiz.“We haven’t had the training since 2011 so I don’t know if it really considered routine.”
“There has been some talk among the officers that we believe that this training has to do with the fact that there might be some type of civil unrest, but we are hoping that that doesn’t happen," added Ortiz.
According to Mediaite.com, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department has released a video (below) warning people not to be violent. Most of the people in the video are black, which strongly suggests that African-Americans are being targeted.
In the video, two teens rap to the camera: “Raise your voice! And not your hands. We need to stand together as one, no cuss, no guns. Let’s give violence a rest because we can easily end up arrested.”