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George Zimmerman Verdict Reaction: Miami Police Announce 'First Amendment Zones'

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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 09: Sybrina Fulton (3rd from L) and Tracy Martin (4th from L) raise their hands in prayer during the 'March for Peace' at Ives Estate Park in honor of their late son, Trayvon Martin, on February 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | Getty

In anticipation of the jury reaching a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial -- deliberations are expected to begin Friday -- Miami-Dade Police have announced two "First Amendment Zones" for organized reactions by the community as well as a rumor control hotline.

The local police force has designated the following areas "for those wishing to be vocal and express their thoughts peacefully":

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park
6160 NW 32 Court
Miami, FL 33142
(305) 633-2044

Goulds Park
11350 SW 216th Street
Miami, FL 33170
(305) 255-2399

They have also set up a 24-hour rumor control hotline at 3-1-1, which began Friday at 8 a.m.

The first amendment zones and hotline are part of the police's "Be Vocal, Not Violent" campaign.

Meanwhile City of Miami police officers were spotted Wednesday running through riot training drills, reports the Washington Times.

But the timing is just coincidence, Miami Police spokesman Freddie Cruz told CBS Miami.

Yet a member of the Fraternal Order of Police said such training hasn't been done since 2011. Watch the CBS Miami report here.

There's no word yet on any organized unity walk or whether Miami Heat players have signed on to any campaign to keep a message of peace.

However local leaders' have had some success with their social media campaign, #KeepCalmForTrayvon, which has taken off on Twitter:

This is a developing story.

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