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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Members of ‘Boots on the Ground,’ local clergy and community leaders will convene to share information about the 90 Day Cease Fire and future plans to reduce gun violence.

On Thursday, June 27th The Wilmington Police Department joined forces with ‘Boots on the Ground’ a community group made up of more than 50 pastors and community leaders. The group urged gang members and those involved with the recent violence to put down their guns and resolve their disputes sensibly. The community partners called for a 90 day Cease Fire.

Tomorrow marks that 90th day of the Cease Fire initiative and local clergy and community leaders want to share information about their future plans. Chief Ralph Evangelous and Mayor Bill Saffo are scheduled to attend the event along with other community leaders.

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13 Comments on "HAPPENING TODAY: State of the Cease Fire"

2015 years 9 months ago

90 days…? Ridiculous. Long term problem needs long term strategy. 90 days is just plain stupid and just pandering to those who feel more comfortable with rose colored glasses….

Morty Sussman
2015 years 9 months ago

Sprinkle some goofer dust in the air while you are at it! Maybe have a rain dance! Asking the gang thugs to “resolve their disputes sensibly” makes as much sense as asking Obama not to raise taxes! Keep up the platitudes and hot air, while the streets fill with blood, the only thing these gang thugs respect is MORE VIOLENCE THAN THEY CAN DISH OUT.

Put a 50 dollar per thug bounty on their head, issue thug hunting licenses, and you will end the problem in a month.

2015 years 9 months ago

That’s how Liberals think though…LUCKY for them, they have people in uniforms to protect their ability to live in LA-LA Land…they wouldn’t survive otherwise.

Accountability needed
2015 years 9 months ago

90 days since a “Cease Fire” was called for and the gun violence continues to escalate. While community outreach is needed to help solve the issue REAL POLICE LEADERSHIP is needed more, the PD Policies have FAILED THE CITY, City leaders must demand results and hold PD Leadership accountable. Once that happens things will change.

2015 years 9 months ago

They will most likey say the cease fire has been successful but it wasnt. Guy got killed other day broad daylight in middle of street. Armed Robberies everyday it seems like. Couple pizza guys got robbed and car jacked.Breaking and entering. Houses being shot up. Not to mention the crimes that arent commited. These thugs dont care about what some group says and there was a article in the paper about how there gangs dont have any leadership so who are they preaching to. Only way they will learn is when they meet their maker. Jail doesnt help. Citizens will one day have to fight back and take matter into their own hands its obvious the law police do not have enough resources to stop them.

2015 years 9 months ago

…because JAIL is way to nice, way too comfy and way too convenient on top of the fact they don’t have to stay there for very long.
Three major felonies should put you there forever, in a place like this:
-No workout facilities.
-No TV
-No heat or A/C except for oppressive weather
-14 hour days at hard labor, this will be their workout. They make the materials to build new prisons and take care of government facilities under shotgun watch. These are prime candidates for our own CFPUA work that taxpayers currently fund and they live conveniently right next door. There are many, many more opportunities for them to earn their way instead of being a taxpayer burden.
-Stone cold walls, no paint and one 40 watt light bulb, out at 8pm.
-Total lockup except for 14 hr work time.
-Very basic nutrition only.
-Water only, from the faucet. No soda, no tea, no coffee. No lemon, no sugar.

These things make “JAIL” what jail is supposed to be. There will be a huge population that will do anything to NOT return!

2015 years 9 months ago

You wrote “Not to mention the crimes that arent commited”.

Even if we overlook the spelling and grammar mistakes in just that half-sentence, it still doesn’t make sense. Why on earth would they report crimes that haven’t been committed? If no crime has been committed, there’s nothing to report, is there?

2015 years 9 months ago

The real solution, is to take all the drug dealers, tie them up, and drop them off the Cape fear River Bridge, on the coldest evening, in late January.

2015 years 9 months ago

This is a big joke..Just like the WPD

2015 years 9 months ago

…by a bike cop again for doing stupid stuff?

2015 years 9 months ago

While the idea of a “cease fire” sounds good in the media, it us useless unless the shooters declare it themselves. The police are caught in the middle between keeping the public safe and fighting off the “activists”, the politicians and the local political wanna be’s who cry foul when one of the shooters is arrested. The Al and Jesse wanna be’s claim “racial profiling” if an arrest is made regardless of the real facts of the case. The decent community members are afraid to come forward because the thugs have tipped the scales to their side.
The truth is the only way for the cops to be successful is for the community to get a gut full of the violence and help put an end to it. It is just like Chicago in the ’20’s. Not many folks paid a lot of attention to the gangsters until the St. Valentines Day Massacre. Then public outrage paved the way for the prosecution and imprisoning the offenders. Unfortunately, a similar incident may have to occur to slow down the violence here.

2015 years 9 months ago

It is good for our community to acknowledge that there is violence where guns are used. But, stupidity, greed and drugs are at the bottom of these issues; guns are used as a means to do harm, but are not the cause. I cannot help but question the motives of a city leader who lives in a private, gated community, but is actually not totally a part of our community, and attempts to make the tough decisions for our safety. Wilmington’s citizens need serious support now, from its leaders and from all of us. The tough decisions made should not be part of anyone’s political agenda, but to be for accountability and the total safety of everyone living in Wilmington – now. What we are being offered, obviously is doing very little to help.

2015 years 9 months ago

wow, are the citizens of W that gullible? It’s an obvious thing: You need constant due diligence by law enforcement on even “minor” infractions and you will quickly drive the bad actors right out…how hard is that??


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