George Zimmerman: Not a member of recognized neighborhood watch organization
By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
1:00 PM on 03/21/2012
When Sanford, Florida police discovered 28-year-old George Zimmerman standing over the body of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, they accepted his claim that he killed in self-defense, as a neighborhood watch captain.
Now, through a statement released by the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) -- the parent organization of USAonWatch-Neighborhood Watch -- it has been revealed that Zimmerman was not a member of any group recognized by the organization. Zimmerman violated the central tenants of Neighborhood Watch by following Martin, confronting him, carrying a concealed weapon, and certainly by killing.
"In no program that I have ever heard of does someone patrol with a gun in their pocket," Carmen Caldwell, the Executive Director of Citizens' Crime Watch of Miami-Dade, told theGrio. "Every city and municipality has their own policies. Here in Miami-Dade we train people only to be the eyes and ears of their communities. Not to follow, and most definitely not to carry a weapon."