Jackson Neighborhood Standing Up Against Growing Violence

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

"I heard somebody say, let's get this over with before the cops come," said 12-year-old CJ Vaughn. The scariest part of the fight he saw last week on Harwood Street, was when a couple dozen teens started using more than just their fists.

"One lady got a stick and somebody booted her, threw her down, and started beating her with the stick."

But it was the fight in front of the house where Amy Bleiler has lived with her family for 13 years, where the cement blocks came out: "This last fight, a young man ended up needing to have medical attention because of a concussion," said Bleiler.

Jackson Police Lieutenant Elmer Hitt appreciates the neighbors giving them a heads up before these teens move from using sticks and stones, to guns and knives.

"Any time people are willing to take a stance for their neighborhood, it's something we welcome, and really makes our jobs easier," said Hitt.

Without 19 out of 24 of the houses in the neighborhood reporting the problems together, police may have never known how bad the violence had become.

Now, with the added support from police, Bleiler will lead the new neighborhood task force: "This is the type of neighborhood where we all look out for each other, and we're here to make it better, like it was."

Police have already stepped up patrols on Harwood Street.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2012 at 03:32 AM
    The city was focusing on the wrong problems by addressing the rental issues. They should hjave pushed that the land lords fix up the places instead of paying fees to have places there.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2012 at 03:26 AM
    get more things to do in the neighborhood. The MLK center is 6 blocks form there, at least 20 churches within 1 mile of that location. To paraphrase an old quote, for evil to reside, good men must do nothing.
  • by teresa Location: concord on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
    I grew up on McBride, and it was a great neighborhood. Parents still live there, and it's so sad that we have to fear for their safety. It's terrible that all this violence is ruining a great part of Jackson.
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      by Ron on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM in reply to teresa
      "Great part of Jackson??" Jackson is like Detroit now days.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 at 04:51 PM
    Get rid the MMJ and it might be better. When people have it growing openly in their yard under barb wire fence and you dont bother confiscating it. Or the city of Jackson should bring in the state police to issue tickets.
  • by Amazing on Jul 19, 2012 at 02:45 PM
    How wonderful that a neighborhood stands together. Maybe there is hope!
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