An Albany minister says the problem of black on black crime in the community needs to be confronted, and that black leaders need to the fight against black criminals.
Bishop Frederick Williams says he knows many people will criticize him, but he calls black on black crime in Albany the elephant in the room no wants to talk about. He says that has to change.
"We've seen this whole area get better. That's why we wanted to be here, so we could help clean the area," Williams said.
And Bishop Frederick Williams wants other black leaders to stand up against black on black crime in Albany.
"The African American community. I think that a lot of our crimes are committed in our neighborhoods, but there is not a lot of people in those neighborhoods combating that."
Five years ago when Williams' sister was murdered in her home by a neighborhood black man, he fought back by starting Stop The Violence organization. He says in those five years he has not seen enough done by blacks to stop black on black crime.
"Not only are street crimes or violent crimes, but even in the professional arena, is stats that says we are the most devisive (sic) among ourselves."
So now Williams and Stop The Violence are calling on black ministers and community leaders to take responsibility, and fight back.
"Look at where all of those crimes are being committed. Look who is committing those crime, and deal with the realization."
Area leaders are calling for action as the number of senseless killings in the city of Albany continue to rise.
Just last week, a 25-year-old was found dead in his crashed car with gun shot wounds.
His death is part of an alarming statistic that have many ready to take a stand."To just brutally intentionally, look at a person and repeatedly stab them over and over and over. It’s just senseless," said Tamra Jenkins.
She lost her son, Adrian Jenkins III fifteen years ago, after he was stabbed to death at a party.
He was just 18 years old.
"After waking up I had to realize that it wasn’t a dream. It was reality," recalls his mother. The pain still visible in her eyes.
Her son, Christopher was there when his brother was killed. He and other friends found him in a pool of blood.
"The world just kind of stopped spinning for a minute," explained Christopher. The Jenkins family is one of many families living under a dark cloud, wondering why their loved one was murdered.
"It still stings to this day," said Christopher.
The numbers tell a startling story
In the last 12 years, 126 people have been murdered in Albany.
Between 2012 and 2013 12 lives were taken. In 2014, 11 people were killed In 2015 six people were killed Last year in 2016, the total was 16.
Already this year, there have been seven homicides on Albany streets.
Christopher said he doesn't think things have changed since his brother was killed.
"Honestly, they haven’t in my opinion," said Christopher. "I still see the same recklessness, foolishness, the same disrespect."
Still today, many Albany homicides are unsolved.
Police are still looking to find one of the suspects in the Justin King murder.
King was killed in December of 2016.
"One of the things we have to give a greater priority to, a greater focus to, is making our streets safe again," said County Commissioner John Hayes.
Commissioner Hayes and City Commissioner Jon Howard and have been meeting with community leaders and have one goal, to reduce the number of black men murdered in Albany and Dougherty County.
"I’m a black male and I’m not impressed with what I’m seeing young black males doing," said Howard.Neither am I.
The violence in Savannah is almost entirely because of blacks.
The violence in Columbus is almost entirely because of blacks.
The violence in Macon is almost entirely because of blacks.
The violence in Atlanta is almost entirely because of blacks (the violence in the ever-expanding suburbs of Atlanta is almost entirely because of blacks).
The violence in Augusta is almost entirely because of blacks.
The violence in Albany is basically entirely because of blacks.
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