Law Enforcement Agencies Work Together To Get A Handle On Gang Violence

Gunshots and the possibility of gang violence terrorizing one city in the east is the reason the city's chief organized a meeting with all agencies in the county to help fight the violence.

Four homicides in three weeks in the city of Greenville alone has officers banding together.

Last weekend 18-year-old Demetrius Boone died when he was shot at a party by alleged gang members.

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says most of the violence happens in city, like the apartment complexes. He says they're are willing to help Greenville police and all agencies in the county bring down the level of violent crimes by all joining forces. "I think it's a very manageable issue. I think it's all about enforcement and how you deal with it in the community by a show of force and being consistent.

We asked to speak to Chief William Anderson about the task force, but were told he will talk about it Thursday during the media's weekly meeting.

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  • by crazy on Dec 9, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    First of all cops have got to stop shooting for no reason before they can stop shooting example what was up with the simpson police just a few months ago !!! Second people come out of jail and prison that want to change and have the potential to do so but when they have no oppertunities to do so I mean its hard to find a job as it is try doing so as a felony who is trying to change. How does anyone expect prison sentance to work if afterwards they still get citized by people? People come out wanting to change but the lack of oppertunity to do so leaves them in to fail and after tryin so hard and getting nowhere it leaves them no choice but to go bacK to doing what they are allowed to and hangout with people that don't critize them ( which is the wrong group) why do they not critize because they are just a lot.
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Grenville on Dec 8, 2011 at 08:01 PM
    How come no comments from the NAACP, the black churches, black Greek organizations, and other special interest groups that are only concerned when it involves a white person and a black person???
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      by smh on Dec 8, 2011 at 10:56 PM in reply to Bruce the Shark
      you just made one idiot
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        by bruce the Shark on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to smh
        Well then, How come we don't see the NAACP in the schools, We don't see the black churches reaching out to help black youth, I have never seen a black Greek organization in the middle schools reaching out to help. Where are the dead beat parents that are raising theses gangsters. Why does the BET show programing that demoralizes women as sexual objects and rappers talk about raping women and shooting cops. Why do blacks place less value then whites towards education . Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery more then 150 years ago. Why no progress?
  • by rowdyone Location: greenville on Dec 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Until one tackles the real issues behind increased possible gang warfare - no jobs for ex-offenders when they're released, no sense of responsibility, no way out in many youth's minds, no support for families struggling during these harsh economic times - the gang warfare won't ease up, sadly.
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      by Parent on Dec 8, 2011 at 07:59 PM in reply to rowdyone
      The only real way is education. Until the black community accepts this and stresses to their offspring that education is the key to set them free, they will never escape the welfare state in which they want to continue living
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        by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 at 03:48 PM in reply to Parent
        One problem, they've screwed that up too. Everything has been dumbed down for them.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    "possibility of gang violence" This just goes to show you how out of touch with the situation the cops are. Lock your doors and don't even think about going out after dark in Greenville....during the day for that matter
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    It is not the police chief's fault that someone kills someone else. For all practical purposes, LE cannot make crime go down. Yes in some ways they may be able to deter it but the thought that more LE or a task force will reduce crime is like saying having EMS in each town will reduce medical emergencies and injuries. Protect yourself and make your legislature give you all the room you need to do so.
  • by Ban dreads on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    Ban the dread thugs and stop giving them welfare!!
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      by Amen on Dec 8, 2011 at 10:58 PM in reply to Ban dreads
      yea i'm sick of seeing these clowns walking around town with dreads. nobody gets fades and temps no more. everyone is a spiderhead
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:23 AM
    Oh good, our weekly report from WITN informing us of the task forces working so hard to cut crime and thugs in the gangs. Heard it before, don't believe it now either.
  • by CC on Dec 8, 2011 at 02:56 AM
    Until the legislators "man up" and toughen the laws and jail time for gun crimes, etc., there is not a lot law enforcement can do. It's like putting a band-aid on a severe laceration; it don't help much. The time for all the feel good political correctness is over, and the lawmakers have got to stop worrying about offending certain groups; do what needs to be done, no matter who the offender is. It's time law-abiding people had some say so, and not the high paid lawyers and their cronies.
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      by REM on Dec 8, 2011 at 03:36 AM in reply to CC
      I have a say so in many different calibers :D my personal protection isn't in the hands of law enforcement or legislature; although I completely agree with you.
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        by Gary on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:37 AM in reply to REM
        I have to agree... The Caliber of person you are will help to secure your own protection! The police are for clean up.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 12:37 AM
    Nah. We need to divert more police resources to seatbelt tickets and underage drinking enforcement. That's where the real problem in this town lies.
  • by stew on Dec 7, 2011 at 10:40 PM
    all greenville pd cares about is money from drinking tickets
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      by True on Dec 8, 2011 at 07:05 AM in reply to stew
      Also add in the money that these drinking tickets line attorneys pockets with too. Chief Anderson, City Council, and Wayne Bowers fiddle with targeting college students doing what college students have been doing for decades, all while Greenville burns.
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