Stir It Up
Targeting violent crime
Detroit Ceasefire offers new tactics against gangs and violence
Published: March 6, 2013
Something like that meeting is going to take place in Detroit in a couple of months.
“We’re trying to prepare for a call-in within the next 60 days,” says Green, a former U.S. attorney. “It is collaborative, with law enforcement, it’s highly data driven and relies heavily on the moral voice of the community. We’ve had people trained to pull the components of this together. … The message is violence has to stop, and if you don’t stop there will be strong consequences. If you want to stop there will be service providers. The overall message will be: Whether you take us up on this offer of help or not, you have to stop the violence and shooting.”
The rest of the crime — drug dealing, robberies, etc. — won’t be the focus of Detroit Ceasefire. Other law enforcement will deal with that. The ceasefire initiative surgically aimed at violence. For instance, it’s been pretty well established that the actual rate of drug use is about the same in cities and suburbs. But violence is higher in the city. Take away the violence and you’ve gone a long way toward evening the playing field. And changing people’s perspective on where they can safely live.
I think we’re all pretty much ready for a ceasefire.
Larry Gabriel is a musician, writer and former Metro Times editor. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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