Extending a hand – and a phone number – city leaders want to help stop gang violence.
South Carolina city council members and community leaders are taking the first step to stop the gang violence in North Charleston. They recently sent a message to gang members: CALL US!
Sending out the public message in a press conference this week, the city leaders spoke directly to gang members, and gave out their own personal telephone numbers, with the plea for gang members to call them and simply talk.
“Too much of the black community has gone to the front wheel lanes of gangs, drugs, teen and pre-teen sexual promiscuity and unemployment,” said city council member Henry Darby. “It is destroying us.”
Darby referenced the 11 shooting related deaths that have happened in North Charleston since January. “It is time for the black community to come home,” Darby said. “It is time for black man to make their family whole again. This has nothing to do with you getting into trouble. We need to talk face to face, mature men to young men.”
The men said they’re addressing gang violence first, asking all black men involved in gangs to call them and simply talk. Law enforcement isn’t involved in this effort. The effort is being led by city and community leaders who want those involved in gangs know they’re not giving up.
“We are going to them if they don’t come to us,” Darby said.
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