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Brooklyn Shooting in Jacksonville Hampered by Code of Silence

10:05 PM, Aug 29, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Getting Brooklyn residents to talk about the multiple shootings Sunday that left 11 people hurt is not as easy as going door-to-door.

One resident who spoke out of view from inside his home said he was working and did not know what happened, but if he did he would help police. 

PICTURES: Brooklyn Shooting

Some long time residents, sitting in the shade today wanted to remain anonymous and did not have much to say about the shooting.

"I don't think nobody knows what really happened; when you hear guns shooting you start running,' said one resident.

"All this came from the outside. That's why nobody knows what's really going on," said another.

Ayesha Covington, president of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Association, also said those at the gathering at J.S. Johnson Park, where the shootings occurred were from another neighborhood. "They don't reside here, they don't have a reason to have their parties over here," said Covington.

"They feel they can come over here and host parties as block parties, but they're not block parties because these blocks are not involved."

Her prayers are with the families and the injured, said Covington, but someone needs to tell police who was involved.

"If you know anything I would recommend you talk to the police and stop this code of silence," she said.


Community Activist Pastor Mark Griffin said breaking the code of silence in the urban community is always difficult. There's a lack of trust with the police and there is retaliation, he said.

"It is very real. We've seen situations where people have experienced some retaliation because they talked to the police. It is real, it is something we have to overcome," said Griffin.

Members of the Mad Dad anti-violence organization, were in the Brooklyn community trying to break the silence. Mad Dad President Donald Foy said, "Somebody need to tell police about these cowards."

Gary Bright, also a Mad Dad, said the group plans to work the neighborhood to get some answers. "We've got to put a stop to it, where does it end?" said Bright.

Griffin said if the party goers would put themselves in the place of the injured, it may help. "All they have to do is ask, 'what if it was my family?', 'what would I want someone to do?'" said Griffin.  








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