Mayor: Police and Community Pressure Working On Criminals

November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 12:31 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 12:31 AM EDT

This is the third straight week pastors held citywide "Enough is Enough" prayer rallies. This week they are being held at Bethel A.M.E. Church on Michigan Avenue in Buffalo. A couple dozen peacemakers filled the pews Wednesday night, including the mayor and the mother of Shawntia McNeil who was one of four killed in the City Grill murders last August.

'"We are from all walks of life," said Tina Sanders, the founder of No More Tears.

Members from the No More Tears organization attended Wednesday night's meeting hoping their efforts will help stop the violence in the city.

"For people to see us, especially people that know us and know that there can be a change and that people can change their lives then it's very important," said Sanders.

And their work does not end here says Sanders, "We out here walking the streets knocking on doors, whatever we can do...helping young ladies, mothers. We don't just stop at one thing, we just go for whatever the need is."

Mayor Brown is convinced these types of community rallies put pressure on wrongdoers to do the right thing and other residents to report criminal activity to police.

"We are seeing an increase in calls coming into our tipline," said Mayor Brown.

He believes the rallies are slowly breaking down the code-of-silence barriers gripping neighborhoods.

"When people see something they should say something and through getting that information our police department has been very effective in solving crime and taking some of these criminals off of our streets," said Mayor Brown.

The mayor says he has more proof the police and community pressure are working, citing the recent arrest in the halloween shooting on Bickford Avenue of 13-year old Jalisa Goodman. She was shot in the neck and remains in critical condition. The suspect turned himself in Tuesday.

The prayer rallies will continue every Monday through Friday night from 6pm to 7pm. And everyone is encouraged to take part. This week they will all be held at Bethel A.M.E. church on Michigan Avenue. Organizers plan to continue the prayers until December 3rd.