A Niagara County lawmaker and a Buffalo pastor have launched a new campaign aimed at convincing those with information about a crime in their neighborhood to step forward and provide details that may aid in ongoing police investigations.
County Legislator Owen Steed, D-Niagara Falls, and Pastor Craig Pridgen of True Bethel Baptist Church have launched an “I Am A Snitch” campaign in hopes of encouraging greater cooperation between Falls residents and local law enforcement.
Pridgen announced the initiative during Sunday service at his church, where those in attendance received T-shirts displaying the “I Am a Snitch” slogan. The statement is intended to counter “Snitches get Snitches,” another slogan often uttered in communities where violence is prevalent.
The goal, according to Steed, is to discuss additional ways to tackle ongoing problems with street violence like a Sept. 28 shooting that left a Niagara Falls man dead. The case remains under investigation and a suspect has not yet been identified.
“It’s to let people know that we are not going to let crime happen and not say anything,” Steed said. “If you keep letting it happen without saying anything, eventually it’s going to come to your door.”
Source: Niagara Gazette