Sanford official have shut down the Sanford Police Department to the public today after Trayvon Martin protesters blocked entrance into the building.
“The city of Sanford hopes the actions of the students will be as peaceful and orderly as the previous rallies and marches have been,” City Manager Norton Bonaparte, Jr. said in an email to the Orlando Sentinel. “We want to be accommodating to all our visitors proving they act in a manner that is respectful to the people of the city.”
Officials said the demonstration “will have minimal effect on police and fire response to emergency calls.”
Sanford City Hall at 300 N. Park Ave. will serve as the alternate site for the public.
The shutdown is the first result of the Dream Defenders’ act of non-violent civil disobedience planned today. The Dream Defenders are a coalition of college students from across Florida who have marched and protested against the handling of the case by police.