Wendy Dorival, who coordinated neighborhood watch programs for the Sanford, Florida, Police Department in 2012, testified Tuesday that George Zimmerman was specifically told not to pursue suspicious people in the gated community where he lived.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin, 17, in the Retreat at Twin Lakes that night. He told police he was pursuing the teenager because there had been an uptick in crime in the area. A confrontation ensued, and Zimmerman said he was forced to kill Martin in self-defense.
Dorival said she worked closely with Zimmerman, because he helped organize the program for his neighborhood. She told him a neighborhood watch volunteer should act as the "eyes and ears" of the police -- but not like a vigilante.
"If you see a car driving around in circles, and you don't recognize the car in your community, that might be suspicious," said Dorival. "If people are walking around in areas that not typically walked on, that could be suspicious."
Dorival gave all the neighborhood watch volunteers from Zimmerman's neighborhood a presentation explaining their role in helping law enforcement. See the neighborhood watch informational presentation for yourself here: READ THE PDF.