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Sheriff Morgan's Community Outreach Program
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- In this year alone, 22 people have died from gun shot wounds in Escambia County.
Many of these cases have gone unsolved.
A recent death of a fourteen year old girl who was shot in the back was said to be witnessed by many. Has the sheriff's office frustrated no one will share any information.
Today, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan invited the community to their launch of a Public Outreach Campaign to improve community involvement.
But people who live in the communities were *not allowed to speak their concerns.
"Memorials like this one are becoming more common in Escambia County. Residents are asking the Escambia County Sheriffs Department to step up and make a change."
Cheryle Anderson has lived on North "H" Street since 1972.
She's witnessed many changes in her neighborhood over the years.
But she says the recent violence is something she was not prepared for.
Just last week a 14-year old girl was shot and killed in Cheryles neighborhood.
Cheryle Anderson "I'm just sick about it, I'm heart broken and I think a lot of people are heart broken about this situation."
She believes her community needs to stand up and have a voice... That's why she attended the sheriff's meeting.
"My question is if you've got a black community that's creating a lot of havoc why don't you hire more black deputies? They can get in there and help and see what they can do. I believe these people could get more information."
David Morgan "Let me begin with members of the black community let me say something that some people say is hard...I love you...I love you."
Cheryle never got the chance to ask her question.
But one woman was able to interrupt stand up and have her voice heard but only for a short time.
No name "We need to get involved in our children early on then we won't have this mess."
"This is not Jerry Springer."
Disappointed by the meeting, Cheryle is still concerned about her community and want's other community leaders to take a stand, giving people the opportunity to speak.
"He should've said that this wall of silence is unacceptable as it is unacceptable that the sheriff department to have a wall of silence."
"The sheriff's office is urging people to use the Crimestoppers number 433-STOP if you if you have any information on crimes going on in your community.
After the meeting, Channel Three's Amber Southard did get a chance to ask Sheriff Morgan, why he didn't let members of the community voice their concerns.
Amber "It's a big deal for these neighborhoods to start speaking out to you guys but they felt like they should've had a say more in this meeting today and you could tell afterward the fact that they weren't able to speak made them upset."
Morgan "Well again it wasn't a town hall meeting and we advertised that fact it was not a meeting for the community to come to and voice their concerns vent if you will or do whatever. It was for us to update them on their case and let them know other ways to report a crime."
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