KC leaders prepare for possible riots after Zimmerman verdict

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Earlier this year, people rallied on the Country Club Plaza for Trayvon Martin shortly after the teenager was killed.

Civic leaders and even the police chief are wondering if the same thing will happen when jurors reach a verdict and they're trying to prepare themselves if it does.

Pat Clarke, founder of the People's Action Committee, said he has heard rumors of planned demonstrations on the Plaza, but questions who's spearheading the plans.

"These are kids being led by somebody else. There's adults behind anything like that because these kids don't rally for the crime and the murders that we have around here," Clarke said.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte is also concerned about how the community might react.
Thursday afternoon, he posted a blog on the department's website encouraging civil responsibility.

It read in part:

"Respect one's right to voice an opinion, but also respect another's right to be safe.

I also ask everyone to work together to quell any disturbances that may arise.

The police are ready to appropriately respond to whatever comes our way, and i am confident the people of Kansas City are, as well."

Clarke plans to hold a community gathering at the Freedom Fountain at 4700 Cleveland Avenue after the verdict is read .

He hopes that by preparing for the verdict, he can offer a safe outlet regardless of how Zimmerman's trial ends.

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