Community Looks to Clean Up Streets

Tallahassee, FL -- January 26, 2012 --

A local church just blocks away from where law enforcement took down a number of drug dealers took steps to continue their effort to clean up the streets.

Federal gun and drug charges that helped arrest 14 sparked this event in Griffin Heights. U.S. Attorney General Pamela Marsh and Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones were part of a panel at New Birth Tabernacle of Praise Church.

Jones says answering questions from community members about crime in the area goes a long way.

"The biggest benefit is to hear what's going on in the community," said Jones. "The community comes out. They live here. These folks are citizens here. They live in the community. They know what's going on in their community. "

Pastor Rudy Ferguson hosted the event and says the time to change the neighborhood is now.

"This meeting tonight got the ball rolling to say, 'Ok! Enough is enough," said Ferguson. "We're going to help you whether you want it or not. We're here to assist and we will get the job done."

U.S. Attorney General Pamela Marsh says the momentum needs to continue.

"We need everyone to stay active," said Marsh. "Law enforcement will stay active. We need mentors we need social services organizations and I think they're all here they've all stepped up to the plate."

With many residents addressing their concerns the future looks bright.

"There's every reason to be positive. You saw how many people were here, how many people participated. This neighborhood has inspired us."

The event was sponsored by One Voice Coalition of Tallahassee.

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  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Jan 27, 2012 at 02:17 PM
    Yeah, yeah, yeah.........A GREAT start would be a juvenile curfew. 11 p.m. - 7 nights a week. Write them a citation, meet them the next morning with a broom, a shovel, and a wheel barrow and I'll show them how to clean a street. Ya'll clean by night I'll clean it by day. Seriously, all talk - again - and nothing gets done. The blacks marched against the feds at the wrong time - when Reagan was in office. Clean up our streets!! Help! Help!! Reagan and Bush re-wrote the crack laws. Shut down the project dope and murder crimes. Then 30 years later they cry - again - that the crack laws are unfair. BTW - they were just reversed last year and 26,000 crack dealers hit the streets - again - 2 months ago. Whah!! Whah!! Whah!! And the game goes on.........
  • by Frances on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM
    I'm sure Chief Jones is paid a good salary, but not enough to have to put up with this! Where are all the community leaders? City Commissioners, City Manager, Mayor,.... you hoo? Anyone home?? Crickets chirping.....
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      by Not getting your upset on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM in reply to Frances
      Frances, put up with what? A community coming together to fight crime. That is a good thing not a bad thing. Why are you negative?
  • by Pastor Ferguson, breaking the aligance of silence on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    The black people are much more United than the white people. That gives them much more ability to be effctive in doing the problem solving for their communities. They ban together. I am glad to see that they are using their strong alliance to now benefits their communities. I often though they would be much better at stomping out crime than whites would be. Because they are United and they are networked. They know the information. They talk amongst one another. I am glad to see that they have United in an alliance to tell what they know and see. Criminals in this community better watch out. The children murder on Saddler Creek Run thank you for your leadership. I do the same.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM in reply to Pastor Ferguson, breaking the aligance of silence
      Even though all the evidence shows you to be wrong...I guess even those with an opinion has the right to voice it. Unity....maybe in gangs...but never in the ability to decrease crime.
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        by Breaking the aliance of silence on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM in reply to
        No they have a strong alliance. They use to use it to align in silence because they thought that made them safer but now they are using it to align in telling what they know. They will be a force to recon with. Glad they are now using the benefit of their alliance to help their communities and hurt the criminals. Criminal in that neighborhood better watch out.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM in reply to Breaking the aliance of silence
          Like I said before...even though the evidence shows otherwise...I hope that will finally break that code of silence and stop hiding these thugs.
  • by Happy, Thank-you on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    Paying people a salary to conceive fatherless children out of wedlock hurts those people and their children. Children need structurally functional family environments with a mom and dad. There is a very strong moment in this country to destroy Christianity and our values of traditional marriage and families. I am glad the church is stepping up and getting in this. I think that is a good positive mood. Kudoos to you all.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:25 AM
    The first criminal they need to get rid of is Willie Meggs.
  • by Lobohart Location: everywhere on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    I am glad the people of the local community have realized that they hold the power to rid themselves of trashy individuals and rid their area of criminals. Now if every neighborhood and community in Tallahassee would do the same the thugs would soon have nowhere to go...
  • by AWI on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    Hahaha. Oh Griffin Heights... I'll tell you how to clean up the streets- just look at Campus Circle! They took an entire neighborhood, bulldozed it, and put up student apartments. Right now, Griffin Heights is right next to that project. Something tells me, all those welfare recipients/drug dealers will soon get an eviction notice to make way for new construction. So there, problem solved, no more drug problem.
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      by STATE on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:28 AM in reply to AWI
      LOL... You gotta be kidding... Every college apt complex has 10 times the ammount of drugs as griffin heights... only difference is the news doesn't vilify criminals unless they're poor and black..
  • by roger on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:04 AM
    The problem is, everytime they do this to one neighborhood, the criminals go to another one...which neighborhood are they going to now?
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      by breaking the aligance of silence on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM in reply to roger
      Your, if you don't start uniting like these people and start telling what you know. Good job Griffing Heights
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:00 AM
    Good for them, keep it up. Maybe others will do the same now.
  • by find waldo on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM
    where was the mayor?
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      by roger on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:03 AM in reply to find waldo
      The mayor does not care....these people will vote for the crook only because of his color.....not realizing the mayor's lack of caring and trying to line his pockets just doesnt matter to these people...If they only knew!
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        by Yeah right on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:59 AM in reply to roger
        Whites are the same way. Vote based on color.
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          by David on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:42 AM in reply to Yeah right
          If that were true, there wouldn't be an IDIOT in the Whitehouse.
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          by DUH on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:17 AM in reply to Yeah right
          I know, just look at the President! Wait a minute....
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          by George on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM in reply to Yeah right
          So that's how Obama got elected?
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          by rob on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM in reply to Yeah right
          And how do you think Obama got voted into surely wasnt the vote of the colored people alone. Good try, racist.
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      by NE Tally on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:59 AM in reply to find waldo
      He's hiding from the FBI. Along with his cronnies on the city commission. Have you seen any of them in the news lately?
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      by Pastor Ferguson, breaking the aligance of silence on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM in reply to find waldo
      They don't need the Mayor. They got Pastor Ferguson. You too can do the same. Be your own leader.
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