It was just over a month ago on July 13, 2013 when a jury in Sanford, Florida pronounced George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Many across the country were outraged by the verdict. Citizens are still talking about stand-your-ground laws. Less has been said about Neighborhood Watch.
In regards to the neighborhood watch element of this case, what do you think should be the purpose of a Neighborhood Watch in Millbrae and when should a Neighborhood Watch volunteer call the police to step in?
enforcement professionals want the volunteers to call police immediately and
then step away from the situation. A police dispatcher said, “We don’t
need you to do that,” after Zimmerman confirmed he was following Trayvon
During the trial Zimmerman claimed his actions were lawful because of Florida’s stand-your-ground law. While California doesn’t specifically have a stand-your-ground law, in some situations a person can use deadly force to stop an attacker.Are you active in a Neighborhood Watch? Do you think it’s an important part of the city’s public safety net? Tell us in the comments area below.