3 Shootings In the Last Week Has Tuskegee Residents Concerned

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By Jessica Gertler

Three shootings in Tuskegee in the last six days leave many residents concerned, so city leaders are stepping in.

Mayor-Elect Johnny Ford is calling it a crime wave. Three shootings that have left two people dead. Ford says he's taking action and wants residents to join his efforts.

Ford says for Tuskegee residents, there's nothing scarier this Halloween than knowing three shooters are at large.

"This killing, this crime can not be tolerated," he says.

Authorities are investigating three separate shootings in Tuskegee.

The first happened Thursday on Althea Street. Investigators say 25-year-old Christopher Banks was shot twice in his car and pronounced dead at the scene.

The second happened Sunday just after church let out.  Authorities say a teenager was shot and killed at the Auto Pride Car Wash on West Montgomery Road.

Erick Butler passes the spot every time he walks his dog.

"Very fearful for the kids around here, and the next feeling was what can we do to stop it," says Butler.

The third shooting happened Monday. Authorities say it involved an off-duty police officer.

"it is in my neighborhood. I just moved over here," says resident Don Watkins. "I have a six-year-old son, so it does bother me," he says.

Ford will take over as Mayor on Monday, and says he plans on turning things around. The first item on his agenda: moving the police department to downtown Tuskegee in the Charles G. Gomillion Building by the end of the year.

"We are coming out of the chute swinging!" Ford says. "The police department must be a visible and viable force."

Ford also plans on starting more neighborhood watch programs, and sitting down with the police department to find out what equipment they need. 

Ford is holding a town hall meeting tomorrow at 5:30 in the Macon County Court House. He is asking residents to come out, ask questions and voice their concerns.
 

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Anonymous said on Friday, Nov 2 at 5:31 PM

START WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FIRST HOW YOU GONNA ENFORCE THE LAW WHEN YOU GOT OFFICERS BREAKING IT SEEN CHIEF PATRICK O THE HOUSE AND GO DOWN THE LINE ONE BY ONE YOU GOTTA CARE ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT FIRST BEFORE YOU RUN IT AND JUST DONT HOLD THAT TITLE OF BEING CHIEF JUST BECOUSE ITS SOMEONE OUT THERE FOR THAT TITLE AND IT AINT HIM

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AN said on Friday, Nov 2 at 7:26 PM

I agree the city is only as good as its leaders. Get someone over there that wants to fix the problems and not just be a figure head. The Chief acts like he is the Chief of the Birmingham PD not Tuskegee he is to removed from the department.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Nov 2 at 8:14 PM

HIRE A NEW CHIEF OF POLICE

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Anonymous said on Friday, Nov 2 at 8:18 PM

TUSKEGEE IS ONLY WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT WHEN YOU GOT PEOPLE IN OFFICE SUCH AS THE POLICE CHIEF THAT DONT CARE ABOUT NOTHING BUT WHAT HE CAN GET FIRE CHIEF PATRICK

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IC said on Friday, Nov 2 at 11:21 PM

Well take into account that the judge in district court has more ties to the drug dealers then the law should allow and he keeps putting the criminals back on the street. The whole system is corrupt and needs to be revamped start with the head and work your way down.

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NOTTHEWHOLETRUTH said on Friday, Nov 2 at 11:25 PM

LET THEM TELL YOU IT WAS THREE SHOOTINGS WHEN THERE WERE SEVEN THAT WEEK TO MANY ISSUES BEING SWEPT UNDER THE RUG! WHEN IS SOMEONE GONNA STEP IN AND STOP THE BULL!

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Unsafe and angry said on Friday, Nov 2 at 11:29 PM

There are also problems in the city that has kept it down like internal theft employes that use city credit cards to purchase things on line like shoes for them self and court clerks that steal ticket money and nothing happens to them. It starts at the very to and I hope that the new mayor Johny Ford will clean it up. Get rid of all the department heads and start over not with who you know but what you know .

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Anonymous said on Friday, Nov 2 at 11:30 PM

Mayor Ford has a good plan but how is making the police department visable & viable going to change anything the department has such a bad stigma over it. Who can I trust to report my crimes to when you have officers taking bribes, commiting rapes, stealing, and are just out right criminals themselves?

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Anonymous said on Friday, Nov 2 at 11:38 PM

Unsafe and Angry you have hit the nail on the head Tuskegee is ran by a bunch of thieves that got their position based on who they knew and not what the knew. In my eyes Macon County is a pool of internal crime.

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Unsafe and Angry said on Saturday, Nov 3 at 12:01 AM

You will always have problems but the people that commit crimes should be exposed to the community and also the ones that allow it to go on. I was born her and will always have love for this beautiful city. It's time for the citizens to demand justice from the leaders and not just empty promises.Challenge the mayor the police everyone that is responsible for our safety.

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Nov 3 at 12:20 AM

Ic you have a good point and that is why we lost that young man Saturday along with the two that committed the crime because the judge puts the juveniles back on the streets and the cycle contiues unitl they become violent young adults that are holding the city hostage, but blame the parents also.

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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Nov 14 at 9:09 PM

When you have police that are under paid and not equept there tends to be a lack of motivation to do there dangerous job. not to mention the lack of structure and administrative order within the department. a tribe is only as good as its leader. Tuskegee has become a very corupt place. its going to take more then police to fix it. the people have to stand together. i seen a graph online that siad the crime here is higher then montgomery.

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cfem said on Monday, Nov 26 at 3:32 AM

i saw the graph that you sited in your quote. did you know that tuskegee has a population of just over 11,000 people while montgomery has population of 232,000 people (csnsus, 2011). there rate is higher because the population of tuskegee is less than montgomery. you can blame the mayor, police chief, or economic problems, but blame yourself for not educating the community. it is easier to blame everyone than to look in the mirror and say "what can i do to correct the problem of my community."

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