The Trayvon Martin case captured the attention of the nation, and it found its way to Macon. The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) met for their Georgia Chapter Friday.
NOBLE's Southeast Vice President, Clarence Cox urges those involved to wait until the evidence is clear before coming to a conclusion.
"I'm encouraging our members to stand by, let's look at the facts. Let's allow the people who are investigating this thing to do their job as we would do in any other case. We don't want to pull the trigger, if you will so soon," said Cox.
Cox met with Georgia Chapter members in Macon to outline the groups action plan for the Trayvon Martin case. The 16-year-old Martin was shot and killed February 26th in Sanford, Florida, by neighborhood crime-watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who claims self-defense and has not been arrested. Despite the outcry for job termination of Sanford Police officials, Cox says calming unrest is their priority.
"We are not advocating firing chiefs of police. We're not advocating anything other than an investigation that will determine the exact facts of what happened," said Cox.
NOBLE does not have a member within the Sanford Police Department, but does have members in the surrounding counties. Cox says this shooting is a great example of why training is necessary.
"We will encourage neighborhood watch groups to get the proper training, register with a police jurisdiction in their area and be led by the police, follow the instructions of the police. Vigilante justice is not something that we advocate and it's not something that we will be a part of in the future," said Cox.
NOBLE will join a rally supporting the Martin family in Sanford on Monday, and they hope to calm civil unrest in Central Florida.