Saturday, January 01, 2011

42 Shots Fired

Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr. issued a statement on Wednesday in which he praised the "Hugs Not Bullets" campaign. This was a public relations effort to encourage Detroiters to refrain from shooting into the air on New Year's Eve. In spite of this, there were at least forty two shots fired in the Warrendale neighborhood to welcome 2011. (Yes, I spent the evening counting gunshots.)

In spite of all these shots being fired, I did not see a single police officer last night.

I feel old by saying this, but I can remember several New Year's Eves in a row where there wouldn't be a single shot fired in the Warrendale neighborhood. When it did happen, it was never more than one or two shots fired. Moreover, in my estimation, it would seem that every year more and more ammunition is going into the sky on New Year's Eve. This means that every year, more and more bullets are coming back to Earth with the potential for tragic consequences.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that we need to do a much better job at safely welcoming 2012. This is a problem that needs more than a public relations campaign to combat it.

2 comments:

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

Detroit Police do not go out on the streets, after roll call on New Year's Eve...and we were told if we were out - take cover under a bridge.

It is too dangerous, because of the 'tradition' in Detroit of firing off guns at midnight.

Detroit has to 'do the right thing' - man up...and stop firing guns into the air - and into our neighbors, friends and families.

Guns kill - Detroit residents know that...and have to give up the weapons, and join the 'war on crime' that is primarly
black on black' and build a future for themselves and their families.


A wish of Happy New Year - Detroit,
but until we defeat crime, and build a better school systme - they will not be a happy year.

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

CLARIFICATION: DETROIT POLICE - DO GO OUT ONTO THE STREET, in response to 911 calls, after midnight. But after the shooting subsides...