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Congresswoman Corrine Brown says something must be done when it comes to neighborhood watches. She says the incident with Trayvon Martin has brought to light some of the issues regarding the program. In a sit down interview Monday with FOX 35, she said George Zimmerman should not have pursued Trayvon Martin nor had a gun acting as a watch captain.

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On Tuesday Trayvon Martin's parents will testify at a Congressional hearing on hate crimes. Congresswoman Brown says one of the things they will talk about is the neighborhood watch. "That is one thing we are going to have a hearing on, one of the aspects of it. One, you don't follow the person, two you don't carry a gun and you follow the direction of the police officer or dispatcher."

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