The phrase “neighborhood watch” has been prominent in the news of late, and not always in a positive way.
In the recent Trayvon Martin slaying trial in Florida, the state’s focus in prosecuting acquitted killer George Zimmerman was to portray the 32-year-old as an overzealous neighborhood watchman out to do his own justice.
“There’s the same relationship between a real neighborhood watch organization and the Zimmerman situation as there is with a neighborhood watch organization and the movie ‘The Watch,’” said M.L. Loudermilk, who founded a neighborhood watch in his Flowery Branch community.
He was referring to a comedy about four neighborhood watchmen who uncover an alien plot threatening earth. Loudermilk’s group is a bit more low-key, serving 500 plus homes in his community.
Saturday morning, Loudermilk couldn’t have been more proud of the group, accepting the “Excellence by a Neighborhood Watch Group” award from the National Sheriffs Association, which recognized it as the nation’s best.