'Neighbhourhood watch' under scrutiny in US

Teen's killing in Florida has raised questions about where to draw line between protection and murder.

    The shooting of an unarmed American teenager by a self-appointed volunteer monitoring a Florida neighbourhood has raised new questions about the role and boundaries of neighbourhood watch programmes.

    In place since the 1970s, neighbourhood watch programmes have been seen as a largely successful endeavour in the United States, but the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, with only a bag of skittles on his person, has the nation asking important questions about where to draw the line between protection and murder.

    Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from Miami.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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