Defense Against Crime

23/03/2012

When Neighborhood Watch Goes Wrong

This week all you have to do is turn on the news and hear some of the details in the fatal shooting or murder of a 17-year-old young man named Trayvon Martin, a Florida high school student by a 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. This is another story that has for the moment has captured national attention and have us asking questions.

If you have read some of my blogs you know that I am pro-crime prevention, and advocate for neighborhood watch. However, in the mist of protecting yourself, your home or your neighborhood, there is a fine line that we must not be crossed, or the defender may become the criminal. I have also stated that when it comes to self-defense, handguns are not always the best weapons of choice.

The premise of Neighborhood watch is just that – residents of the neighborhood watch for suspicions behavior and report it to the police. They are not to confront the suspect, not chase them down, and certainly not shoot them. Neighborhood watch serves as the eyes and ears of the law enforcement community, and nothing more.

According to a report from someone who lives in the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes, there have been numerous burglaries there. According to someone in the neighborhood there have been eight burglaries within 15 months, that he said was done by young black males. Statically 1 in 5 homes are burglarized each year, and I can only imagine what the residences were feeling. I can also only assume since the resident identified the age and race that these burglaries have either all been caught, or identified. I just hope this was just wasn’t thrown out there as a reason to falsely justified this action.

Zimmerman POV

So if we think like Mr. Zimmerman, he sees a young black male wearing a “hoodie” in the rain, and assumes he must be going to commit another burglary. We know from the 9-1-1 call that this is what we reported. He just saw a young black male. He said he was acting suspicious. I’ve not heard a report where Trayvon was trying door, peeking into windows, other than walking though the neighborhood. Zimmerman reported that Martin was acting suspicions and other interesting things including calling Martin a F*CKING COON, and suggesting that he was on drugs or drunk. It should also be noted at Trayvon was a guest of his father’s fiancée who lived in that subdivision So he certainly would have been a stranger to Zimmerman. Logic, would assume that Zimmerman went to engage the suspect and probably got into a fight with him, even after the police told him not to do anything. It appears from 911 calls that Martin died from a shot fired at almost exactly 7:17:11 p.m., seven and a half minutes after Zimmerman called the sheriff’s office.

According to the evidence Zimmerman’s first call to 9-1-1 was at 7:09:34 p.m., followed by seven witness calls at 7:16:11, 7:16:41, 7:17:06, 7:17:15, 7:17:54, 7:18:00 and 7:19:04. According to the 9-1-1 calls released last week, dispatchers told Zimmerman not to follow Martin. But Zimmerman did follow him for about 100 seconds down the street until the audio is cut when Zimmerman and the sheriff’s office end their call at 7:14 p.m. That leaves a 3-minute gap between the call and the shooting.

By the time the first 911 call comes in at 7:16:11 p.m. in the background of the audio you can hear a struggle. At 7:17 p.m. the calls about residents hearing gunshots start coming in, less than a minute before the first Sanford police units arrive.

According to Zimmerman Martin attacked him, so he shot him in self defense, and since Martin is not alive to tell his story, and the police only sees a dead unarmed man, and another man who looks like he has been in a fight, and seemingly have no other evidence so state otherwise. They go with the Zimmerman story.

Martin POV

You are visiting your father’s house, and decide to go to the local store to get a soda and your little brother some skittles. It was raining and he had his hood up. On your way back to your father house, you are having a conversation with your girlfriend, and notice that someone appears to be following you. This person has not identified themselves as being Neighborhood Watch, or security. You don’t know who it is. You don’t know what he wants. Perhaps, he wants to rob you. Perhaps he wants to abduct you. All kind of thought go through your mind. All you want to do is get away, and he chases you. He probably corners you, and you have to fend for yourself the best you can, you are yelling for help and then you hear a loud bang, the last thing you remember before hitting the ground. Probably thinking the last thought that many ask in their final moments “Why”?

This is one of many question we are asking as a nation “Why did this happen?” Those neighborhood that employ neighborhood watch need to make sure that those who are volunteering know the limitation of their authority.

While many in this country is calling for the jailing of Mr. Zimmerman, we should also as members of faith, pray for him and that the right and just thing happens in this case. We also ask for prayer, and action in the healing of our nation.

 

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