Police chief credits public for help in fighting crime – Rocky Mount Telegram

While Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore and his staff have taken heat recently from disgruntled residents, the top cop said another subset of the community stepped up recently to help put two suspected killers behind bars within hours of the slaying of an area teenager.

“Even before last Friday, we’ve had a couple neighborhoods that have been providing us with a great deal of information about disorderlies and drug activity,” Moore said Tuesday. “It has taken us four years with a focus on building trust, but it has taken hold. Then on Friday, after years of lamenting people not wanting to help us, we had so much information from witnesses at the scene, those who rode by and people who listened to their scanners.”

The tips led investigators to locate and charge both suspects within 12 hours of the drive-by shooting of Lavontae Brown. (Source: Read more)

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Grant to help fund taskforce to fight drugs, gangs – Rocky Mount Telegram

 

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Residents discuss crime at city council meeting – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: You see this is what the Community Council, Fighting Crime in Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson and Halifax Counties, WHIG-TV and the likes started by spreading lies saying that the Rocky Mount Chief of Police said there was not a drug and gang problem in Rocky Mount. What a lie. See what the chief said several days ago in the Rocky Mount Telegram.

While many residents showed up for Monday’s City Council meeting, few got up to speak to Rocky Mount officials.

Social media was alight leading up to the 7 p.m. meeting about coming to speak about the city’s crime rate and Police Chief James Moore’s decision not to participate in a Nash County Sheriff’s Office-led regional taskforce, but only one resident – Christy Taylor – spoke against Moore’s decision. Taylor read the names of some of the men killed in the city this year, then said more than eight officers are needed on the department’s gang unit.

“He never once said there was no gang problem in Rocky Mount,” Penny said. “However, as far as interdiction on I-95 and U.S. 64, we believe our manpower is better targeted in our city limits rather than who or who we should not stop on I-95.” (Source: Read more)

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Grant to help fund taskforce to fight drugs, gangs – Rocky Mount Telegram – See what the chief really said

Grant to help fund taskforce to fight drugs, gangs – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: When will Ignant Racist White Folk and Ignant Safe Negroes stop twisting stuff to promote their own agenda. How in the hell did they come up with the Rocky Mount Chief of Police saying that there was not a drug and gang problem in Rocky Mount? I am glad he had the b to take a stand for which he feel is not right. Prove him wrong and then come back to me and talk about the issue of the taskforce and not that drugs and gangs is not a problem. Profiling however is a problem and not legal. But yep just my ignant opinion.
“Drug interdiction and local gangs don’t go hand in hand. Drugs passing through on the highway don’t affect Rocky Mount.”


James Moore
Rocky Mount police chief

NASHVILLE – The Nash County Board of Commissioners gave the go ahead Monday for a state grant application to pay a retired DEA agent to lead a regional antidrug and gang taskforce.

If approved by the Governor’s Crime Commission, the grant would fund a leadership position in a gang and drug taskforce for the 7th Judicial District. The leader would be a Nash County Sheriff’s Office employee managing a taskforce made up of deputies in Nash County; police officers in Nashville, Tarboro and Wilson; and agents with N.C. Probation and Parole and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. The Nash Sheriff’s Office still is working with the sheriff’s offices in Edgecombe and Wilson counties to get them to join, Nash Sheriff’s Maj. Dennis Wooten said.

“The Rocky Mount police chief declined to be a part of the taskforce,” Wooten told commissioners.

Wooten said the police chief doesn’t believe the city’s crime rate is driven by drugs and gangs.

Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore said his department isn’t interested in drug interdiction on Interstate 95 and U.S. 64.

“Drug interdiction and local gangs don’t go hand in hand. Drugs passing through on the highway don’t affect Rocky Mount,” Moore said after the meeting. “And it’s impossible to engage in highway interdiction without profiling, something that’s against the inherent nature of contemporary law enforcement.”

Moore said it is an assumption that all crime is drug-related and his department conducts data-driven enforcement.

Rocky Mount has had a successful gang unit since 2012 with an officer winning state recognition for the methods used in collecting information on gangs.

During the commissioners’ meeting, Chairman Fred Belfield recommended Wooten make another attempt to bring Rocky Mount into the fold.

Commissioner Wayne Outlaw said he would like to see Rocky Mount participate in the taskforce.

“I’m disappointed we don’t have more partners,” Outlaw said. “Everyone is always talking about regionalism.”

The taskforce would allow law enforcement to operate across jurisdictional lines within the 7th Judicial District and provide instant, real-time information sharing among partnering agencies as they continue to investigate gangs and drugs in the area, Wooten said.

The original grant is for $25,000 and will pay the salary of the taskforce leader from February to June. A second grant will be sought to fund the salary from July to June 2018.

As the selected leader is a retired DEA agent with federal benefits, the grant will not seek funding to pay any fringe benefits.

The board unanimously approved the grant, which requires no matching funds from the county. The position will be evaluated prior to its expiration.

In other business, the board unanimously approved changes to county ordinances to streamline the process for correcting address problems that could delay emergency response service such as odd numbers being on the even side of a street.

The changes replaced an E-911 committee with a designated Addressing Administrator, set a 15-character limit on road names and set a $50 per day penalty for not complying with addressing requirements. (Source: Original Document)

Grant to help fund taskforce to fight drugs, gangs – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Folk love to twist stuff and try to say that Chief Moore said drugs and crime ain’t a problem in Rocky Mount. Now read it for yourself. “Drug interdiction and local gangs don’t go hand in hand. Drugs passing through on the highway don’t affect Rocky Mount,” Moore said after the meeting. “And it’s impossible to engage in highway interdiction without profiling, something that’s against the inherent nature of contemporary law enforcement.”

NASHVILLE – The Nash County Board of Commissioners gave the go ahead Monday for a state grant application to pay a retired DEA agent to lead a regional antidrug and gang taskforce.

If approved by the Governor’s Crime Commission, the grant would fund a leadership position in a gang and drug taskforce for the 7th Judicial District. The leader would be a Nash County Sheriff’s Office employee managing a taskforce made up of deputies in Nash County; police officers in Nashville, Tarboro and Wilson; and agents with N.C. Probation and Parole and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. The Nash Sheriff’s Office still is working with the sheriff’s offices in Edgecombe and Wilson counties to get them to join, Nash Sheriff’s Maj. Dennis Wooten said. (Source: Read more)

Rocky Mount NC: Gang member convicted of four counts of attempted murder – Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: So it looks like they ain’t joking when it comes to gang members. Is it worth it?

A Rocky Mount man was sentenced to spend the next 63 to 98 years in prison in connection with a 2012 gang-related shooting.

Keeandus Rashad Barnes, 24, was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of discharging a firearm into occupied property and intimidating a witness. An N.C. Superior Court judge in Nashville sentenced Barnes to 803 to 1,185 months in prison after a jury convicted him of all six felonies. (Source: Read more)

Edgecombe County: Gang problems throughout county – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Three recent gang-related incidents in Edgecombe County are part of a growing  nuisance that law enforcement is combating. One incident involved a 15-year-old Rocky Mount teenager being gunned down by an alleged gang member. Another shooting involved an apartment complex being riddled with bullets in Princeville, while the third incident was a home invasion where a victim was allegedly pistol whipped in Tarboro.

"We are doing everything possible to combat the gang situation throughout the county," Sheriff James Knight said. "We are doing what we can to make citizens aware of the gangs in the area."
According to the National Gang Threat Assessment report, gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crimes in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in others. (Source: Read more)

Rocky Mount, we really need prayer! by Ebaby Phillips

Powerful! Now this is On! I love the following: "Finally, I keep reading posts about what the police department needs to do. I guarantee that at every house we stopped at when people saw the convoy of law enforcement cars, they came out in groves in the bitter cold being nosy. If you want to end the violence and help our community, we, law enforcement, need your help. Talk with us. We know you saw something! Help us take back our streets or stop posting non-sense BS about law enforcement. Thank you and good day!" I get so sick and tired of having to defend law enforcement because they want to put the blame on them. Thank you and appreciate you!

Rocky Mount, we really need prayer! Myself (probation and parole) Ed D. Pittman, Rocky Mount Police Department ( Vicky Hussey), ATF, Nash County Sheriff Deputies, Edgecombe County Sheriff Deputies, Nash and Edgecombe ABC Officers, in response to the recent gang violence and shootings, knocked on the doors of the top 40 gang members to try to get them to stop with senseless shootings and stop the gang retaliations. First of all to have a 14 year old and a 17 year old classified in this category is a DAMN shame. But the insult of the day was when a 14 year old laughed in our face! The mother of a the 17 yr old literally tried to tell us that she has control of her son but he was just arrested last week for having gun in his possession.

Back in my day, if a team of law enforcement officers would have knocked on my mom’s door and even mouthed the my name from their lips they would have had to literally peel my mom off of me to keep her from killing me. Parents we have to do a better job. People pray because from the reactions I saw and heard from the other law enforcement teams, the killings, shootings, and violence is not over. The very sad part about is that the boys that were shot now wear a badge of honor (street creds) and it will be used as ammunition for retaliation.

Finally, I keep reading posts about what the police department needs to do. I guarantee that at every house we stopped at when people saw the convoy of law enforcement cars, they came out in groves in the bitter cold being nosy. If you want to end the violence and help our community, we, law enforcement, need your help. Talk with us. We know you saw something! Help us take back our streets or stop posting non-sense BS about law enforcement. Thank you and good day!