Greenville City Council Members Talk About Gang Violence

Four members of Greenville city council say they are taking a stand and will dedicate any resources necessary that police say are necessary to fight the recent outbreak of gang shootings in the city.

Over a nine day period police say there were seven gang-related shootings in Greenville. Another shooting June 18th has also been connected to gang activity.

Council members Marion Blackburn, Rose Glover, Max Joyner and Kandie Smith stood in front of King's Convenient Mart on West 5th Street, the scene of the first shooting that happened in broad daylight.

The council members met Thursday with Chief William Anderson and City Manager Wayne Bowers and said they want a written plan on how the police department is going to combat crime.

The officials are also asking for community support. They have planned a meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21st at North Memorial AME Zion Church at 3rd and Tyson Streets to get community input on how to solve this crime wave.


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  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Jul 23, 2011 at 01:58 AM
    To explain Posse Comtatus...The Act prohibits members of the Army from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order" on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) within the United States. (Many colleges are considered federal property) The president may employ the armed forces to enforce laws as a result of a natural disaster (New Orleans) There are a number of situations in which the Act does not apply. These include: National Guard units and State Defense Forces while under the authority of the governor of a state. Unless Martial Law is declared dont expect this to happen in Greenville anytime soon.
  • by History Student Location: NC on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:16 PM
    Rebuttal to uh on Jul 22, 2011 at 09:38 AM in reply to Me " The U.S. National Guard is not constitutionally permitted to provide law enforcement - What? - " Read your US History Book " uh " - To comply with the Brown v. Board decision, plans were made to integrate Central High School in September of 1957. When nine black high school students arrived to attend Central High, they were met by an angry crowd. Despite his pledges of cooperation, the governor of Arkansas funny a Democrat in fact ordered the Arkansas National Guard to keep the black students, known as the "Little Rock Nine," out of the school. Faced with this defiance of a federal court order, President Dwight Eisenhower responded by sending troops from the 101st Airborne combat troops Airborne Rangers. Who fought the Nazi's in WW2 to Little Rock with orders to protect the nine students. Eisenhower also federalized the Arkansas National Guard. This marked the first time since Reconstruction that federal troops were sent to the South. This incident was the first of several in which the governor a Democrat of a state refused to ensure a peaceful process of integration and thereby forced the President of the United States to act. Yes even the US Army can provide law enforcement.
  • by marine on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    I know what the problem is with the city council in greenville,they don't live in greenville.The city council members took a picture on 5th street,they know you dont go on 5th street,oh but its daylight and im sure popo is their with them.in the daytime 5 th skreet is so pretty,nice street lights,flowers,nice side walks,you got to be kidding me this city council could spend money on more popo but theyll spend it on sidewalks
  • by citizen on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    if they would stop spending money on fixing up the ghetto on fith street maybe the city council could help with the crime problem greenville has.
  • by Ray Location: NC on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    G W Bush sent in the National Guard after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. To restore order & stop black gangs taking over bridges with guns and trying to collect $$$$$ toll money from people in cars. Then the National Guard controlled the city and city bridges. Goggle the facts? The National Guard shootouts with Black Gangs. After the storm
  • by Guardsman Location: NC on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    ' uh ' nice spin try read the American Constitution the National Guard can provice law enforcement. Did you ever here of the Military Police. They also have the right to defend themselves with the use of deadly forced if need be. The National Guardsmen were welcomed as liberators when they arrived in force in a big convoy more than four days after Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005 and plunged the city into anarchy. The force was eventually 15,000 strong. The last of the troops were removed in January 2006 as civil authority returned, but then, after a surge in bloodshed, 360 were sent back in beginning in mid-2006 to help police keep order. As of February, only about 100 troops were left in the city.
  • by Me on Jul 22, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    Personally, I feel that Greenville should bring in the National Guard to help with the gang violence. Let them help to patrol the streets and more ground can be covered. Put them to work in our own country.
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      by uh on Jul 22, 2011 at 06:38 AM in reply to Me
      The U.S. National Guard is not constitutionally permitted to provide law enforcement.
  • by History Student Location: NC on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    Rebuttal to ' uh ' on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:45 PM. Lets not forget the Obama's went to Rev. Wrights racial church of hate the White People for over 20 years. Rev Wright said " White created AIDS." Google the facts if you want the truth ' uh ' This was the Obama's church for over 20 years. Why?
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      by uh on Jul 22, 2011 at 06:37 AM in reply to History Student
      That has absolutely nothing to do with this.
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        by Alberta on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:28 PM in reply to uh
        uh - You talk about bigots History Student has a point. I go to church to pray to God. The Obama's went to Rev Wrights church to listen to racial hate for over 20 years. Why? Rev Wright is a true nut case. Simply Goggle his sick quotes!
  • by Lester Location: Chocowinity on Jul 20, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    Funny WINT'S picture with 2 White People? I bet they no nothing about the Black gangs like the Bloods and Crips in Greenville. So far there is not a White Gang problem in Greenville. Or where most Whites live. I wonder Why?
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      by uh on Jul 21, 2011 at 11:45 AM in reply to Lester
      Lester, tell us why, and let us know what business you work in so educated professionals can stop patronizing bigots. Because while these gangs are mostly composed of blacks, most blacks are not in gangs.
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        by Wilson on Jul 21, 2011 at 08:24 PM in reply to uh
        OK but but what WINT reports on gang crime. We all see there a lot of Black crime gangs in Greenville , NC - " uh " you call news reports & posters "bigots" , because the news reports is the truth? The title should be about Talk About Black on Black Drug Gang Violence
  • by Wendy on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    It doesn't matter what the police do. These thugs obviously don't care. There needs to be harsher punishment on their crimes. When they get caught it just means they get free food, shelter and other things. If they don't their notorious to the other gang members. It's to easy to maneuver the justice system.
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