Commissioner Calls For Action After Recent Shootings

UPDATED 5-24 at 11:00 p.m. By Candace Sweat

Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox says if it weren't for someone else's intervention, he may not be sitting where he is today.

"I tell you the difference between me being where I am today and me being in a prison cell was simply someone taking me by the hand, and taking the time to make sure that I knew that I wasn't going to be another statistic," said Maddox.

That's why he wants to organize a Summit on the Status of Black Males in Leon County. Maddox was motivated to start the initiative after the shooting deaths of three young black men in Tallahassee - all three killed within a month. The latest was that of 23-year-old Tyrone Jackson earlier this week.

"They're not bad young men. They simply need someone to come to them and say we care enough to be there to try to help and guide you. And it can't be a sporadic thing. It has to be a coordinated effort," said Maddox.

Already on board, is attorney Chuck Hobbs. And he's putting his money where is mouth is. Hobbs is funding the summit with 15-hundred dollars of his own money.

"If we can somehow show these young men that there's a better way other than leading a life of crime, then maybe we can stem the tide of violence in this community," said Hobbs.

"Whether they come from a broken background or not should not and will not, in my opinion, determine whether they will become successful," said Maddox.

Maddox says that's the kind of optimistic attitude that made all the difference in his own life.

The Summit is scheduled for June 16th, but details on the time and location have not yet been released. Maddox says it's not just a black problem, it's a community problem.

Anyone wanting to get involved is asked to contact the county's special projects coordinator at 850-606-5300.
Tallahassee mother Cynthia Ford says she's concerned about the recent shooting deaths in Tallahassee.

Ford said, "Crime on crime. That's what's happening in our community. What we have to do as citizens, we have to take our community back at any cost."

Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox says the first step to taking back the community is talking to the community.

Maddox is asking the county commission to schedule a summit to address recent murders.

Maddox said, "It won't be something in the past where we've had meetings and they've kind of fizzled out. I'm going to make sure that we stay into this and that we give this the type of attention that it needs."

Just a little more than two weeks before Tyrone Jackson was shot and killed Monday morning (May 23rd) on Priscilla Lane, 26-year-old Maricus Deshazier was killed outside of Walker-Ford Community Center on May 7th.

On April 23rd, 15-year-old Reshard Morrell was shot and killed outside of the Elks Lodge after a teen party.

Tallahassee resident Troy Zanders says he agrees that a summit would help, but, only if everyone's involved.

Zanders said, "Don't just get the big wigs, the pencil pushers and sit down and have a meeting with them because they're not out here. It's the people in the hood that should be at this meeting--southside, northside, east, westside."

Maddox says he's confident that getting stakeholders together to look at different options will make a difference.

Maddox says the summit wouldn't be just talk; he says he is committed to making sure that the community will move forward in their efforts,

Leon County commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday night, May 24th, on whether to have a summit.

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  • by C-do Location: Tally on May 25, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    Nick is not God ,,but he thinks he is ,,,he is not the man for the job,,,talking is not going to help nothing ,,I be know Nick ,,he needs to clean around his our door..
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      by Reagan Republican on May 25, 2011 at 03:30 PM in reply to C-do
      C-do: Whatever that means...What does Nick Maddox "need to clean around his own door." If you are going to make a slanderous comment or imply wrongdoing than you must provide the proof. What is your full name so you can be sent a registered letter? Sick of the hollow words said about him by a few to try and smear his name so he cannot not be effective in this change towards non violence.
  • by Wally Location: Hosford on May 25, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    Too little too late. Drive through most of Tallahassee and you will swear you have a starring role in the movie Blackhawk Down.
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      by M. on May 29, 2011 at 08:14 PM in reply to Wally
      Spoken like someone who has never seen an honest poverty-stricken war zone.
  • by Make a difference! Location: Tallahassee on May 25, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    A child is WHO he is by the time he is 7-9 years old. He will know right from wrong and if he did not get a proper upbringing, there is little that can be done for improvement that will stick. They copy their parents behaviour from birth on. Jackie Kennedy once said, "If you bungle raising your kids, then nothing else you do in life matters." Force parents to be actively involved with their child's development at school. Make it mandatory law. Especially if they get public assistance, food stamps, free or subsudized housing from taxpayers. Make sure these parents attend parent-child classes from birth and if the child needs more decipline later in society, force his parents to attend family counseling too with the child. This is the only way to stamp out crime. Yes, this is more government intervention, but it is vital if people are not able to discipline themselves because we all pay for their crimes. Bottom line, God didn't create no garbage; garbage in, garbage out. Make a difference in your child's life. Train him in the way he should go.
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2011 at 07:12 AM
  • by if Location: nf on May 25, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    this may not work out but you have to start some where,at less nick step up and said something. thats more then outher elected leaders have done if you make them mad they want vote for you.its all about the money and the votes with these people not whats right mothers and fathers step up and help you kids they deserve better.
  • by SeenThisBefore Location: Tallahassee on May 25, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    I applaud the effort. They will talk for a little. Give a few speeches and then fade away like always. Always reactive and not pro-active enough.
  • by Ralph Location: Tallahassee on May 25, 2011 at 04:19 AM
    A total waste of time...."they" will never change. Do you really think that sitting down and "reasoning" with them will help. They were brought up this way. Too Late.
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      by Not "They" on May 25, 2011 at 09:47 AM in reply to Ralph
      Ralph, it is "UR" negative remarks that will allow this world to never be better.Whether you like it or not "WE" are in this all togehter and if you choose not to acknowledge ur community or ur people for the greater good of "our" city then shame on you. But a kind word or promising gesture has changed a many hard cold souls to warm. Positivity and kindness are free and effortless. Most people assume if ur not just like them then something is wrong with you, well we are all different in some ways and similar in others. God put us here for a reason.I bet if one you hate mongers were bleeding to death you wouldn't think twice of where ur blood came from or if some other child had to die so that ur child could live. Think outside the box people.. Life is anything BUT Black and White.. Let's give our youth a hand in becoming productive people and encourage all parents to revisit their own morals.. Be Blessed!
  • by Brenda Location: Branford FL on May 25, 2011 at 12:09 AM
    I do not live in Tallahassee but am very aware of the problems there and everywhere. I was very impressed with his suggestions and his approach to finding a solution. Didnt catch his name but he is exactly who should be followed and hopefully can bring some change in positive ways....Best of luck
  • by Croz Location: Tallahassee on May 24, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    You've got some great points. I wish there were more people out there that believed in people and had faith in people. That's why there's young guys (and girls for that matter) runnin around committing crimes, selling drugs, or anything of the sort. Most of them don't have anyone that believes in them that they can do better. It makes me really sad. If there were enough willing people with the faith that people can do better then lots of lives could be changed. I know i'm sounding real cheesy and inspirational right now, but i mean it.
  • by Unreal Location: Florida on May 24, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    Nick Maddox and Chuch Hobbs? You've got to be kidding!! Please tell me this is a joke.
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