DETROIT (WWJ) – What does it take to successfully combat crime in Detroit? Mayor Dave Bing wants to see citizens more engaged in helping with the problem.
Reverend Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP, said the city has some fine officers who put their lives on the line every day for the public. But, he also thinks parents must play their part.
“Get your children in check. Know what they’re doing and where they’re going. And when school opens up — you need to be there. You need to be involved with them. You need to come to see about them. It does us no good to fix schools and the community is broken. It does us no good to fix the community and the schools are broken. It does no good to fix all that and we have no jobs.”
Reverend Anthony also calls on the business community, saying it’s time to step up and create opportunities for some of these young men and women who wouldn’t be out in the street committing crimes if they had some alternatives.