We have just seen what the power of the people can do in Egypt. If the people are displeased with what is transpiring in their surroundings and neighborhoods then they can make a change if they take charge and make a showing of strength. There is strength in unity.
Too long have we let the criminals and drug dealers do whatever they want to do on our streets. We as the people of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish need to take back our streets. We need to help the police and sheriff’s deputies do their jobs. If we show the authorities that we care then we will get a batter response in controlling the streets from them, and if we don’t get that response, we need to see to it that they are replaced.
Of course the actions of the people here in the United States cannot be the same as those in Egypt, simply because of retaliation from the ones we are trying to get rid of would be different. We know that drug kingpins fight back and to do something openly is like putting a sign on your back with “KILL ME”, on it.
With the voice of the people (even through it is a silent voice in a way) telling the police every minute of the day what the criminals are doing, they will have to take action.
If the people keep telling the police who is behind crime on the streets they will have to do something about it, it makes no difference how trivial it is. What the people should do is call the 911 number and report it and then call a couple of television stations (don’t give their name and address) and report that they have called the police and let them know if action has been taken or if it has not been taken. Sooner or later more and more people will be calling and television stations will report what the citizens are doing and this action will have a balooning effect. Criminals will see that their crimes are being reported and that more of their people are being arrested so they will have to move to another location.
The families and friends of individuals that are mixed up in criminal activities will sooner or later realize that the life of crime is going to get their family members either killed or imprisoned. Maybe some of them will get through with their message and be cause for someone to get out of the game.
That is only wishful thinking on my part, but it just may happen. We often see family members that are on the scenes where their loved one have been murdered and they are crying and saying what a good boy he was. “Why did he have to be shot? He didn’t do anything wrong.”
Well these people are lying to themselves because they know that their son was selling drugs, stealing cars, or doing other shady things. They are out there cheating and stealing from other people that are doing the same things. This makes enemies and the parents and loved ones know this, but yet they make excuses for the dead person laying there on the ground. I can understand their crying over the person on the ground, but it was their neglect and their turning a blind eye to their child’s wrong doing.
I know what is going on because I had years dealing with the inmates in the Orleans Parish Prison. These idiots think that they can beat the law. They are under the assumption that they will not get caught. Rather than stay in school and get a proper education, they would prefer being on the streets getting what they believe makes them smarter than the entire police force or legal system. I confess that the NOPD needs some improvement, but they aren’t as inept as most may think. The truth is, if we the general public would assist the police department, they would do a much better job in apprehending criminals. This I have stated many times in prior posting.
Yesterday (Feb. 14, 2011), Valentine Day, we had another shooting spree in the city which cost one young man his life. In the process a baby was shot (but will survive). This baby was only three months of age and had nothing to do with the shooting but will be reminded for the rest of his life because of the scar.
Now you can say whatever you want to but in my mind at least one person can identify the person or persons that were doing the shooting and to my way of thinking, should be the person that identifys whomever it was that did the shooting. The police could not stop the shooting but the victims of the shooting can stop it from happening again.
If these people are not identified and stopped, then the name of the game is retaliation. Someone will say, “So and so shot my brother or cousin, or friend and will pay for doing that.” and then another shooting will take place. It is a wicked circle.
If this circle involves you or your family, put a stop to it because only the people that are involved can do that.