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Sheriff's outreach meeting upsets residents
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- An Escambia County commissioner and other leaders want to make sure your concerns about violent crime are heard.
The group is upset that people were not allowed to talk during a meeting held at the Escambia Sheriff's Office yesterday.
Sheriff David Morgan urged minority leaders to speak out when they have information about crimes.
But, he would not allow them to talk at the meeting..
Some community leaders are planning to hold their own meeting.
"Here on the streets is where most crime happens and the majority of the time there is several witnesses, but no one speaks."
Ricky Rankins "They scared they're afraid of retaliation and stuff like that and besides we don't know what's going to happen to the people that do the crime."
Bringing down "The wall of silence" is what Sheriff David Morgan and other leaders in the community we're preaching at Thursday's meeting..
But a misunderstanding left many silent not able to voice their concerns.
The community thought they'd have a chance to speak, but the sheriff said the meeting was for information on how to report crimes and not a town hall meeting.
Lumon May "My frustration is simply that I've attended so many of these meetings, so many informational meetings and the people that are directly affected are not encouraged to be there."
Ricky Rankins has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club for the past 37 years.
He says he's seen it all on the streets.. He wasn't able to make the sheriff's meeting, but agrees with the sheriff's message of speaking out.
Ricky Rankins "Try to save somebody help somebody don't be scared we've got to pull together."
Which is why Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May wants to get together with local preachers and law enforcement to hold a town hall meeting..
But he wants people to not just talk, but bring solutions to the table.
"I don't want to deal anymore with pie in the sky and theory lets deal with practical applications of what's really working."
Rankins plans to bring his ideas to the proposed town hall meeting.
Ricky Rankins "We got the watch program around here maybe they should get back together."
"Commissioner May hopes to name a date and location for his town hall style meeting soon."