Community rallies together for citywide public safety assembly

East Baton Rouge Parish has seen an increase in gun violence in recent years, but one group is on a mission to stop new crime.
Published: Jun. 25, 2022 at 7:19 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2022 at 3:23 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Robin Mulder and his wife were visiting their son’s gravesite when the unthinkable happened. As they were leaving, Mulder said a man with a shotgun walked up and robbed them.

“It can happen anywhere. It can happen walking down any street. Yes, it’s less likely in some neighborhoods and more in others, but there’s no absolute safety in this world,” Mulder said.

The Mulders joined with the organization Together Baton Rouge.

The group held a public safety assembly on Saturday, June 25, calling on people to join the fight against crime. Organizers say the purpose of the event is to bring together a diverse group of people to take a stand against the uptick in violence and public safety concerns in East Baton Rouge Parish.

“There was a time people feared dying, but they no longer fear death,” said Ronald A. Sutton from Together Baton Rouge. “Some people say this cannot change. So, should we live in fear the rest of our lives? It wasn’t always like this. So, it had to get like this.”

There were different people who shared personal stories, but the solution is not easy.

“It’s not a one-person solution. It’s not one organization or one church. It’s not political. It’s all of it: political, social, civic, and religious. So, we all have to come together on one accord in order to solve and address this issue,” Sutton said.

This group says it starts by creating relationships, finding new leaders, developing strategies, and providing resources.

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broom and members from the Baton Rouge Police Department were in attendance to share their plans and goals to curb crime, such as Operation Red Stick.

Because at the end of the day, they say this problem impacts everyone.

“We’re all affected,” Mulder said.

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