The police department that is handling the Trayvon Martin murder has now threatened to arrest reporters who approach, e-mail, or attempt to question any city employee about the case during non-working hours, according to the Miami Herald.
The city of Sanford, Fla., and its police department have come under fire for not arresting George Zimmerman, a self-proclaimed neighborhood watch volunteer who is responsible for the brutal killing of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin, last month. Zimmerman is currently in hiding and has claimed self-defense as his motive for shooting the teen.
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The once picturesque city of Sanford will now forever be known as the “Birmingham and Selma of the 21st century,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, unless it brings 28-year-old Zimmerman to justice. In the ’60s, Birmingham and Selma were two Alabama cities, where civil rights marches were held in order to protest the extreme racial injustices and police brutality going on there.
According to a press release that was sent out Wednesday by the town’s officials, city workers have complained that members of the media have stalked them after-hours to try and get information about the Martin case. Some workers claim that reporters have even followed them to their homes. Sanford law enforcement officials are now putting an end to such practices with a warning of jail time for pesky press people.
“Law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking,” says the press release.
Currently, there is no Florida statute on stalking that prevents reporters from questioning any city official.