New Fayetteville film hopes to curb gun violence
A new video produced in conjunction with the Fayetteville Police Department hopes to stop kids from getting involved in gang and gun violence.
overall crime in Fayetteville is down but gun crimes are on the rise and city leaders are looking for creative ways to stop it. Wrl Fayetteville Reporter Gilbert Bayes joins us live outside the A. M. C. 14 theater where the police department produced a short movie. They hope will help young people. Gilbert. That's right. Lena you know the hope is that the movie that they're talking about here is going to change things. You know when you have gun violence it could lead to death but also could lead to the destruction of the family folks who left behind. So that's why they're hoping the E. K. G. Program which stands for educating kids about guns turns things around and creates a dialogue. So Children start talking with their parents before they head down a path of destruction. I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I understand everything that you're going through. How do you begin a conversation with young people about not getting involved with violent crime? These are scenes from the police department's last video short called Decision point. It features a mother talking with her high school age son about loyalties choices and regrets. Nobody notices when I'm gone violence. The gun awareness, decision making decision points or the crux of everyone's power to change what's happening in our community so far this year there have been 44 homicides in Fayetteville. The latest happened Monday 15 year old eggs. Avian Thornton was gunned down in the parking lot outside of a convenience store. Police Chief Gina Hawkins has updated the movie. It shows through middle and high schoolers. The crux is designed to start the conversation between young people, their parents and police were having this movie to show our community. We need to start talking about these issues and how we can collaboratively work together in order to address violence, the gun awareness, decision making, decision points or the crux of everyone's power to change what's happening in our community. And let me offer some perspective for some folks who don't believe something like this is a credible way of doing it. I grew up in the 27 police district in North Philadelphia near Temple University, that part of the city only accounted for 2% of the city's population, but it made up 10% of the homicides that were happening in the city. It was a program just like this that turned my life around and I ended up on the air and not in jail. Selena. That's what the police chief is trying to do here, reach out the kids so they make better choices before they head down a path of destruction. Whatever can work. Certainly, Gilbert Bates reporting live in Fayetteville. Thank you