People are getting fed up with the violence that has plagued Albany-Dougherty neighborhoods. The Albany-Dougherty NAACP held a "Stop the Violence" program Friday where community leaders called on residence to help put an end to violence.
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards was the keynote speaker at Friday's event and called on people to be apart of the solution. Edwards said that "everyone doesn't need to be a full time lifesaver, but if everyone did something, we can help and continue and we can stop the violence."
Tamyra Brown with the Albany Crisis Response team delivered a passionate speech and drove home the point that simply punishing a criminal won't solve the problem and that you must help rehabilitate them.She added that" somebody needs to walk in there and re-socialize them, and teach them another value and belief system, one that obeys the law."
Out on the streets people are starting to band together and take a stand, which is what Lt. Micheal Persler, with the Albany Gang Unit, says needs to happen if we expect to see any results. "The police cannot do it alone, we need the help of the community and once the community takes a stand then the crime will go down."
Hopefully Saturday morning's Stop the Violence, Taking Authority Community March will inspire more people to take a stand. People who wish to participate can meet at the Civic Center , Shackleford Shopping Center, Bell South or Thronateeska at 9:00 AM.
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