Fatal confrontation should never have happened

According to the manual from the National Neighborhood Watch Program, it states, “It should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers and they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles. They should also be cautioned to alert police or deputies when encountering strange activity. Members should never confront suspicious persons who could be armed and dangerous.”

If this had been totally adhered to, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin with his Skittles and iced tea would still be alive. Zimmerman acted as judge and jury in plain clothes, no badge of authority and armed with a gun. Terrified women and children scream, men with guns . . . do not.

Angela Smith