The police chief in Sanford, Fla., where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012, will unveil rules next week that stress “volunteers are not to carry guns and not to follow suspects,” our colleagues at Orlando’s WMFE report.
The station reminds us that “Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith took over the department in April, and suspended the Neighborhood Watch program shortly thereafter.”
Now, “department officials say Smith saw the need for thorough review and revision in light of the circumstances surrounding Martin’s February 2012 death.”
According to WMFE, neighborhood watch volunteers in Sanford were never supposed to carry arms while on patrol. And police department spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly tells The Orlando Sentinel that “we never encouraged people to carry guns.”