Has the George Zimmerman trial had any effect on how neighborhood watch groups in Southern California operate?
There are an estimated 20,000 neighborhood watch groups and many more informal programs established in the country. Since the George Zimmerman trial, where the Florida neighborhood watch coordinator has been found not guilty for reasons of self-defense in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, neighborhood watch programs have been in the spotlight. AirTalk invites a couple local neighborhood watch program coordinators to come on the show to talk about how their programs work, and whether the Zimmerman verdict has changed the way they strive to protect their neighborhoods.
Michelle Boykins, senior director of communications at the national crime prevention council
Johnnie Raines, public safety chair for the West area neighborhood council which covers the Crenshaw area
Peter Nichols, founder of the Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch