It was part of the anti-violence program that has officials and community members tell offenders to put down their guns or face tough prosecution.
A new program launches in the coming months called Peoria Community Against Violence. Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says he hopes that group can shake residents out of the ‘wait-and-see’ attitude of Don’t Shoot:
“They’ve heard lots of promises they’ve heard about programs coming and going and the next new strategy, and I’m not sure we’re at the point, though, where everyone’s convinced that this is going to work. And we may have to prove that a little bit more before we get a lot of people that are reluctant to actually come on board,” Settingsgaard says.
Settingsgaard also says he hopes the new group can boost African American role-model participation in the Don’t Shoot program. Offenders were again told about drug and alcohol treatment and tattoo removal services to help them turn away from a violent lifestyle. The Mayor, state’s and US attorneys and a former gang member also delivered the anti-violence message.