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Neighborhood watch volunteers can keep guns, Sanford police decide

8:50 AM, Nov 5, 2013   |    comments
George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom at the end of the day during his trial in Seminole circuit court July 5, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)
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SANFORD, Fla. - Sanford neighborhood watch officers can keep their guns, according to Sanford police.

The Sanford Police Department is rolling out a revamped neighborhood watch program more than a year after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

However, police said it will make volunteers sign a document saying the city is not liable for anything that happens if they are armed.

There is a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday about the new neighborhood watch recommendations. The meeting will be held at Sanford City Hall.

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.


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