Zimmerman verdict could unite Sanford



SANFORD, Fla. - During the George Zimmerman trial and after the verdict was read, there was a real fear that people with strong feelings about the case might become violent, but that didn't happen in Sanford.

In fact, the high-profile case that threatened to tear the city apart may now bring the community closer together, according to Channel 9's Deneige Broom.

Sanford has more than 125 years of history and some won't deny they think there have been racial problems in the mix.

"In just the way black people have been treated differently than white people," said resident Hugette Nelson.

When Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin last year, questions about racial inequality surfaced again.

"When something happens like this tragedy, it brings things back to the forefront," said resident Theo Hollerbach.

Nationwide, there have been rallies and protests about Zimmerman's acquittal for killing Martin, but in the heart of the city it took place, all is quiet.

Residents who talked to Channel 9 said they think the story that started with division could end up bringing people together.

"To me, the police have actually been nicer," said resident T. Nelson.

"I feel like people, things will change. I'm just hopeful. I know that it will," said resident H. Nelson.

Some of the residents said although they disagree with the verdict, they will respect the process and hope it inspires changes in the legal system.