Neighborhood watch groups are to work within the restrictions of our law department. They are to monitor our neighborhoods and report possible crimes, not to actually take it upon yourselves to apprehend someone.
The tragedy in Florida should have never happened. Had Mr. Zimmerman been properly trained in his neighborhood through the police department, Trayvon would still be alive. We are not vigilantes or police assistants. We are concerned citizens who want our communities safe for the people who live in them.
I am so angry. This young man didn't have to die, and he shouldn't have ever been approached. In this city, it is a liability to the police department for citizens to make arrests, which we may soon find out if the woman who was handcuffed a few months ago decides to sue.
Get some training, please. The police department is offering police academy training and community safety initiative classes (which tells you the dos and don'ts of watch groups). Every member of city council needs to make sure these things are being pushed considering they monitor how money is spent in the city. This was a wake-up call for our city. The Warren Police Department has been doing a great job. Let's show our support by letting them do it.
Rhonda J. Bennett