Neighborhood Watch Members Testify At Zimmerman Trial
The city official who helped George Zimmerman set up the neighborhood-watch program at his gated community in Sanford, Florida said all volunteers were advised not to confront suspects.
The prosecutor asked the offical, “What do you tell volunteers about following someone they believe might be involved in criminal behavior?”
The official responded, "We tell them they don't do that, that's the job of law enforcement."
“And what do you tell neighborhood watch participants about confronting someone that might be involved in criminal behavior?” asked the prosecutor.
The official said, "Not to confront, to let us do the job, let the police department do the job."
The president of the community's homeowners association was also called to the stand.
Donald O’Brien told how Zimmerman had taken the lead in forming the neighborhood-watch program. He was asked what residents had been told about following suspects.
O'Brien said, “Since day one, the neighborhood watch, it was said at that meeting and said every meeting we had after that, do not get close to anybody, stay at a safe distance and call 911 and let the police handle it."
A CSI investigator displayed objects from the scene of Trayvon's death, showing photos of his cellphone with a heart sticker on the back and the can of Arizona Iced Tea that he bought at a 7-Eleven shortly before his death.
The jury was also shown the gun that Zimmerman used. A red cord, now looped through the barrel for safety reasons.