BRAVE program welcomes open discussion with public

BRAVE program welcomes open discussion with public
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BRAVE leaders met to advance their cause inside the Family Youth Service Center on Government Street.

A panel Tuesday night said the murder rate in East Baton Rouge Parish has dropped 20 percent since the program began three years ago.

Chief Carl Dabadie wants to discredit what he says is a rumor that police and the community are two different things.

"It is a truly collaborative effort between all of us to fix this problem, but as everyone up here who has taken this microphone has said, we can't do it by ourselves," said Chief Dabadie of Baton Rouge Police.

46-year-old Margaret Bell and her family describe their neighborhood as "unsafe."

"I don't trust my children to go to that park. I don't trust my children to leave out the yard," said Bell.

Bell lives with four of her eight children across the street from Gus Young Park, but because of recent violence in the 70802 zip code, she now wants to move her family.

"There are still killings, fights and shootings going on," said Earlishaw Bell, Bell's 16-year-old daughter.

"I could be in my room and still hear a shooting, and the police department will come at least an hour or two late," said Earlishaw Bell.

Some folks on Gus Young applaud the BRAVE effort.

"They're doing their job. They can't do everything," said 71-year-old Roland Converse.

However, the Bell family says there is a lot more authorities can do.

"Even though there are police officers that ride through, they don't pay attention to their surroundings. They don't pay attention to what they pass by. They just pass by and look," said Earlishaw Bell.

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