Speak up about crime, One city leader says


SAVANNAH, Ga. – “We’re the eyes and ears. We see, we hear things, we get intel, we’re on social media, we know about some of these things occurring and it’s our responsibility to make sure that law enforcement knows,” Van Johnson, district one city councilman, said.

One city leaders plan to lower Savannah’s crime rate.

“I think we do our police and everyone else a disservice when we think more police and more cameras stop crime,” Johnson said. “We’re all saying we’re tired of the crime, but we’re rarely individually willing to do what it takes to decrease crime in this community.”

This week alone there were two shootings, just days apart in the same neighborhood. Tuesday, a mother and her 8-year-old daughter shot then rushed to the hospital.

Thursday, another shooting, but the two suspects were caught thanks to one person speaking up.

“When the community, when people see something and say something and this is what happened in Yamacraw and we were able to apprehend the suspect in this case,” Johnson said.

Police are still looking for Iyontai Walker in connection to Tuesdays shooting.

Investigators need the residents to speak up and not take matters into their own hands.

“People are taking drastic measures to protect themselves and we don’t want to have a city that is characterized like that,” Johnson said. “We have so much more to offer.”

Anyone with additional information on all crimes should contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing (912) 525-3124.

Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020.

Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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