Little Rock police seek input fighting black on black crime

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) --The fight against Black on Black Crime is on in Little Rock Tuesday night.

    It's not a new problem but Little Rock Police say it's reaching near epidemic levels, so they're reaching out to the community for solutions.

    On Tuesday night, there was a special seminar at a Little Rock church starting the dialogue, hoping to curb this crime trend.

    Little Rock Police say they see Black on Black crime on a daily basis. And while they're still trying to pinpoint the causes, they say it's time to stop sitting around and just talking about it.

    Sitting on his front porch with family, Dexter Allen says crime's not a big problem his way.

    "It's safe, the police do their jobs. They make their rounds almost every hour when they can," Allen said.

    But asked about black on black crime in Little Rock, Allen says that is a big problem.

    "We got another shooting in the Little Rock side or the North Little Rock side, what a surprise, it isn't a surprise," Allen said.

    And Little Rock police couldn't agree more.  

    "It's to a level right now where we need help with it," Lt. Glenn King said. "I see just troubling results with our youth and what's happening with black on black crime."

    Lt. Glenn King oversees violent crimes for Little Rock Police. Tuesday night, he reached out for some help at this church meeting.   

    "Anything goes in here tonight," King said.

    The Arkansas Crime Information Center reports in 2009 Arkansas had 61 black on black murders in the state, 15 in Little Rock. That same period saw 221 black on black rapes statewide with 21 in Little Rock.

    Figures at Tuesday's meeting show that while black male juvenile arrests are down, they're still more than seven times higher than white arrests.

    "I think a lot of the situations where I see where things do get violent, most people have an opportunity to walk away and usually they don't," King said.

    King hopes to change that attitude and more with this latest campaign. Folks like Allen say give kids something to do as well.

    "You can try and do this, do that, but is it really going to come true for the kids?  That's what I'm looking at," Allen said.

    From here, King hopes to spread this message into more churches, schools and civic organizations. He also wants to get parents and community leaders on board.

    While this seminar focused on black on black crime, we asked if they consider white on white crime a problem. Lt. King says they do see some of that but black on black crime easily triples it.

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