Conflict resolution a talking point behind recent violent crime spree – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Over Easter weekend, a number of shootings took place across the country from South Carolina and Pittsburgh, where two teenagers were killed. This does not even take into account other violent criminal acts that we have never heard of. Police said preliminary investigations show people used firearms to solve problems in these high-profile cases, an issue that Dallas police say is happening here as well.

“With many of our killings, for example, it’s not random acts of violence, it’s very much about conflict resolution,” Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said after the meeting. of the public safety committee last Monday at city hall.

Figures showed while overall crime was down, murders and business robberies were up this year.

In the past two months there have been two mass shootings, in each incident two people were killed and a number of others injured.

“The definition of mass shooting has changed in many people’s eyes, not in everyone’s eyes,” said James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston. “Historically a mass shooting is four or more people shot and killed, in 2013 the Gun Violence Achieve and a few others decided there was nothing in the word ‘mass shooting’ that said that ‘they had to die’, so they decided to look into the cases. 4 or more hits, whether or not they die.”

Fox said there is confusion because statistics of four or more people shot are often cited following four or more people killed.

“So it’s important that we keep that distinction in mind,” explained Fox, who said it could impact tracking numbers.

“I think there’s an awful lot of fear and panic. A survey last year found that 25% of Americans believed these mass shootings were responsible for more gun deaths than any other type of shooting. event, which is absolutely untrue. More than a third of Americans say they avoid places because they fear they will be victims of a mass shooting, most mass shootings no matter how you define them, are not random,” Fox said.

“I think it’s important not to confuse shootings where a lot of people are injured and shootings where a lot of people are killed. In terms of killings, the numbers haven’t increased in the last two decades,” said Fox, who said the numbers are about where they were 15 years ago.

“Mass shootings may be just the tip of the iceberg that’s getting all the media attention, but we need to do something about the daily carnage happening on our streets,” Fox said.

LOCAL GROUP SERVES AS “BOOTS ON THE GROUND” TO FIGHT AGAINST VIOLENT CRIME

It’s something eight members of Dallas Cred, an 8 member band who don’t carry any weapons but wear their hearts on their orange sleeves and use it as their armor.

“You have to love this job, you have to love the people, I’m here to try to find solutions,” said Marcus Estell, also known as “Big Milk” in the neighborhood.

He is a member of Dallas Cred. He himself is from Dallas and a neighborhood where crime is a problem. Estell said he was a former gang member and made time for mistakes in the past.

“I know how to talk to people, I’m of the people, I’m part of the people, I know how to talk to people, I know the language, I know the behavior, I know the pain, that’s what gives me credibility, not because I went to jail,” Estell said.

On Monday afternoon, the other Dallas Cred members walked around southeast Dallas to talk with people about what they were doing.

“We need to be active, our voices need to be heard, we are down,” he explained. “I did a peace rally that got Crips and Bloods together on Dixon Ave. Alright, and that calmed down some resolve and some beef.”

Estell and others in the band recognize that too many people take up arms to solve problems that don’t justify violence.

“A lot of strife and strife comes from anger, anger at not having. You know what I mean? Or the thought of survival. Well, let’s try to help with some of the survival stuff. , let’s try to help with some of these survival skills other than just pulling out the gun and shooting someone,” Estell said. “It’s gotten to the point where it’s sickening.”

“Someone has to tell the thugs out there, ‘Listen mate, the word is responsibility.’ If you’re on the street hold the homie responsible, “Hey man, let’s leave the gun at home today”, you know what I mean? , let’s walk the other way today’, let’s hold each other accountable. We have to say if you pull the trigger you have to understand it’s 5 to 99 for life mate you know what I’m say when you kill someone, know that you take your life too,” Estell said.

He said the truth is that they have to be the ones on the ground trying to make a difference. With summer approaching, which is notorious for bringing more crime, he said they are doing their best to reach young people between the ages of 14 and 24.

“We need more neighborhood people in these communities to get active,” he said.

Over the weekend nationwide, there were a number of mass shootings that resulted in injuries and deaths. In the majority of these crimes, early investigations show that they were not random, but rather conflicts between people and groups.

Jessica C. Bell