|Updated: 1/30/2012 10:21 pm
||Published: 1/30/2012 10:19 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Looking for help from a higher source is what the "Stop the Violence" group hopes to find in order to address the recent murders in Little Rock. Seven people have been killed in 2012 so far.
“We need more leadership. We need more people stepping up. We need more police officers on the streets,” said Reggie Swinton.
Today, more than a dozen people gathered at City Hall to send out a call for change. Even young kids, like James Johnson, understand the problem.
“It scares me because we are human beings. We should be acting like human beings, instead of fighting each other over stupid things," said Johnson.
Also tonight at R.K. Young Christian Church, police chief Stuart Thomas addressed concerns from the audience about gangs in the capital city.
“Is there an organized mechanism that is contributing to rising offenses? No," said Stuart.
The Chief says he hopes the crime problem will get better when 60 new recruits are hired, thanks to a recent sales tax that passed.
But he reminds the audience change won't happen overnight.