POSTED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 12:51pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — "It's black on black. It's young black male on young black male and we can't be afraid to say that's what it is, because that's what the reality is," says District Attorney Hillar Moore.
District Attorney Hillar Moore says we need to stop being politically correct, if we want to address the crime epidemic in Baton Rouge. It's a problem that saw two shootings rock the Capitol City on Tuesday.
"Yesterday, I'm assuming whatever that issue was. Whether it's just drugs or an argument, whether it was out of respect or disrespect, we settle it with a gun as opposed to a fist or maybe discussing what's the issue. And that's an issue we have to deal with," states Moore.
To try and solve the problem, law enforcement is teaming up with community and religious leaders in the most violent part of Baton Rouge, the 70805 zip code, to take part in B.R.A.V.E. or Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project, to try and turn this trend around. It's a program that has a proven track record.
"If this gun violence reduction strategy can work in that big city: Boston, Chicago, Baltimore. It can work in Baton Rouge," says Moore.
And while Moore believes the program can work here, he realizes it's going to take more than that to fix what ails Baton Rouge.
"If we don't talk about it. If we don't get past those issues that face us black and white, education, crime, then we're going to be doing the same old thing time after time, over and over. A historic problem that's not going to get any better," says Moore.