While it is unclear when Angela Corey will announce her decision, Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett said that he had met with emergency management teams and the federal Department of Justice to “prepare for the worst,” WMKG reported.
“We’re planning for the ‘what-if’ case scenario and that would be to make sure all of our citizens get the protection they pay their taxes for,” the Mayor told reporters on Thursday.
Since the February incident, Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, has insisted that he was threatened by the 17-year-old and shot him in self-defense. He was questioned by cops but not arrested.
Trayvon’s family claims Zimmerman followed their son despite orders from a 911 dispatcher not to and then attacked him.
A decision about charges could spark violence, though a series of protests against the shooting have been peaceful.
Late last month, a fringe group called the New Black Panthers offered a $10,000 reward for the “capture and citizen’s arrest” of Zimmerman.
In Sanford, residents had mixed feelings about the impending decision.
“People march, but this is a new day and age and not too much is going to happen,” Tommy Oliver told WTSP-TV.
Other residents aren’t so sure.
“Yeah I’m worried if he’s not charged (that) we’re gonna have trouble in this town,” another resident, Jimbo Carter told the TV station.