Neighborhood Watch Groups Re-Group After Martin Murder

Local committees meet to prevent Florida scene here

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By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- The murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida prompts preventative measures by neighborhood watch groups here in the Midlands.

Julie-Ann Dixon, with the Richland County Neighborhood Council, hopes the gathering of several area neighborhood watch committees changes the way they handle goings-on in their neighborhood. This, after nationwide outrage boils over regarding the teenager who was gunned down in a Florida subdivision last month by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain. Dixon says residents need to understand they have a job to do, but they should also let police do theirs.

To find out more about getting your neighborhood involved and residents trained, contact the Richland County Neighborhood Council at 803-576-1340, or Monique McDaniels at mcdanielsm@rcgov.us. The RCNC meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St., Columbia.

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