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  •  He did work with the cops. The civilian employee.. (6+ / 0-)

    ...of the Sanford PD who runs the citizen volunteer program testified about that early in the trial. But Zimmerman violated the Sanford PD Neighborhood Watch rules laid out in the manual and in the National Sheriff's Association NW Manual.

    The Sanford P.D.'s Neighborhood Watch manual, which is five steps down from other NW manuals, still includes this admonition, which an NW coordinator like Zimmerman presumably read (bold face in the original):

    What you will not do is get physically involved with any activity you report or apprehension of any suspicious persons. This is the job of the law enforcement agency.
    The Neighborhood Watch Manual put out by the National Sheriff's Association itself states (caps in the original):
    Patrol members should be trained by law enforcement. It should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers and they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles. They should also be cautioned to alert police or deputies when encountering strange activity. MEMBERS SHOULD NEVER CONFRONT SUSPICIOUS PERSONS WHO COULD BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS.
    In March 2012, before Zimmerman was arrested, the National Sheriff's Association issued this statement:
    "The alleged action of a “self-appointed neighborhood watchman” last month in Sanford, FL significantly contradicts the principles of the Neighborhood Watch Program,” stated NSA Executive Director Aaron D. Kennard, Sheriff (ret.). “NSA has no information indicating the community where the incident occurred has ever even registered with the NSA Neighborhood Watch program.”

    “The Neighborhood Watch Program fosters collaboration and cooperation with the community and local law enforcement by encouraging citizens to be aware of what is going on in their communities and contact law enforcement if they suspect something – NOT take the law in their own hands,” continued Executive Director Kennard.

    “The alleged participant ignored everything the Neighborhood Watch Program stands for and it resulted in a young man losing his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trayvon Martin during this terrible time.”

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:43:52 PM PDT

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