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Action needed to reduce violence

Published: Mon, June 11, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Action needed to reduce violence

When is the violence going to stop? The East and South sides of town are constantly riddled with gunshots, violence and killings almost every day. No one seems to be concerned. Is it because the victims are black males and females?

I recently read in your paper that the chief of police plans to put more police patrols in the downtown area. I haven’t heard of any killings or muggings recently in that area. The crime on the South Side appears to be in a three or four block area. That area should be patrolled constantly, not just when a call comes in to say it is black on black crime. No one cares. Well I for one care that our youth are so distraught or hardened that taking a life means nothing. How are these youth getting guns? Where are the parents?

We as a community need to step up and take a stand against the violence. We have become so complacent that violence has become the norm. Don’t just talk, we need action, get out of your comfort zone.

The prosecutors and judges should be held responsible for allowing plea bargaining in murder, rape and violent crimes. In a recent case the murderer was given six years, again black on black crime.

There is such an out cry from the community when a dog is abused. Large fines are imposed or in some instances jail time. When our children are killed, it’s another story.

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the crime, so let’s hold the mayor, council, churches, police and the entire community responsible for cleaning up the crime.

Please do something about the crime.

Olla L. Tate, Youngstown


1Photoman(1055 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Many of the young people in the community are making horrible choices as to where they want to go in life and there seems to be no parental direction provided. When the parents fail in their duties and the child makes a very wrong choice there is little left to handle the situation except for judical applications.

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2DwightK(1361 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

People are concerned about the violence. They're just baffled that when someone is gunned down there are never any witnesses to the event willing to talk to police. How can they solve crimes if the next door neighbors won't step up and say what they know?

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3ytownrunaway(4 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

DwightK - Don't you understand that the YPD does not go into those dangerous neighborhoods? It is not a matter of witnesses, it is the problem with the drug dealers, who have a lot of money, paying off the cops to let them alone - which they would anyway because they are afraid to go into those neighborhoods. The cops are crooked, most (not all) of the judges are and so are a lot of the attorneys who make backroom deals. Six years for murder? I know someone who got 10 years for 4 ounces of cocaine. Now he is out, he has felonies on his record so he cannot get a job, what is he supposed to do? He did his time, wants a job and custody of his daughter but can't until he has a job, a home and hospitalization. How is he going to do that when the first question on an application is "do you have any felonies"? Should people get second chances or are they supposed to pay for the rest of their lives and people wonder why they go back to selling drugs, duh. Businesses won't hire you if your background check has bad credit. Does that make any sense. Again, what are these guys who did their time and want to do things right going to do? God help you if some power hungry cop is out to get you just because he does not like you. This is why I got out and what a difference between Ytown and where I live.

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