Sanford to ban guns in its watch program
The police department in the city where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is reviving and revamping the watch program to include restrictions to try to keep members from carrying guns and pursuing individuals.
Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge in July. During his trial, evidence was presented that he followed Martin before the two fought and the teen was killed in February 2012 in Sanford.
Participation in the program dwindled after the shooting, police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said in an email on Thursday. The program "has gone dormant in the community," she added, and "will not become active again until we get our groups together and train them." The revisions will be outlined at a community meeting Tuesday.