SANFORD—Students stepped up their protests in Sanford on Monday, after promising their plans for “civil disobedience.” Another rally began Monday morning in Sanford, just hours after a 3-day march for Trayvon Martin ended Sunday. The office of the Sanford Police Department is temporarily close to the publice on Monday because of the Dream Defenders protest.
The students are occupying the area in front of the police department entrance.
Officials said that the police department being close will have minimum effect on police and fire response to emergency calls. “The city of Sanford hopes the actions of the students will be as peaceful and orderly as the previous rallies and marches have been,” said city manager Norton Bonaparte. “We want to be accommodating to all our visitors proving they act in a manner that is respectful to the people of the city.”
After the Easter weekend march dozens of college students said it’s time to ramp up their efforts to get justice for Martin—even if it involved breaking the law—at a rousing service Sunday night. The Dream Defenders, made up of college students, walked from Daytona Beach to Sanford this weekend, and then they attended services at Allen Chapel AME Church, where they announced plans for an act of civil disobedience Monday.
The students said the 40-mile walk from Daytona to Sanford symbolized the 40 days that George Zimmerman has not been arrested for shooting an unarmed teen in a claim of self-defense. he locations of the civil disobedience demonstrations were not disclosed, and city officials said they have requested that any demonstration that will take place remain peaceful and orderly.