JACKSONVILLE, Florida (WTLV) -- Don Butler is keeping watch over hisneighborhood, whether over the phone or on foot, he's constantly workingto keep the criminals out of his section of Arlington.
"I feel like you're going to be a victim eventually, some where,someway, or somehow," said Don Butler, neighborhood watch organizer.
In 2008 he says his community turned into a hot bed of criminalactivity and had a number of shootings and burglaries. Butler decided tofight back against the criminals and start a neighborhood watch.
"It got to the point in this neighborhood in '08,'09 where thechildren couldn't go out and play because someone would speed by or do adrug deal," said Jeanne Kline a neighborhood watch member.
Now almost five years later, the block watch he started is a mile anda half by a mile wide and is responsible for getting rid of a drughouse.
But after the arrest of neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman forthe shooting of Trayvon Martin, Don Butler and the watch members arereminded they are liable for their actions.
"There's a lot that can happen to you guilty or not guilty. You'regoing to go through the gamut of the judicial system," said Butler.
So while the Zimmerman trial has attracted national attention andquestions over lock watch procedures, Butler is sticking with theprogram and encouraging his neighbors to do the same.