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View Diary: Walking While "Tan:" 16 yo Son Trailed by Neighborhood Watch Captain & Questioned by Police (297 comments)

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  •  Totally agree. (7+ / 0-)

    I think that the diarist took an amazingly great approach to the problem, both in terms of educating her son and educating the community.

    I think (and I am an ex-lawyer) that there is a better opportunity than filing a complaint in that she has managed to work with both the police and the existing Neighborhood Watch program, and she could extend this even more by joining the Neighborhood Watch and helping to form a community that works WITH a supportive police force and does not have a vigilante attitude.

    I have mixed feeling about Neighborhood Watch programs, especially in stand your ground states. I remember that when my grandmother lived alone the local police officers used to occasionally drive by her house and check things out from a distance at night and the next door neighbors still report to us if they see lights on or people around that they do not know about. But that is different from the way many Neighborhood Watch programs are operating these days.

    It still seems a better idea to me to join and establish yourself as part of their community and then take the opportunity to contribute ideas that make sense.

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