Positive results come from community support

caines | 6/27/2013, 5:30 a.m.

When longtime businessman, husband, father and all-around-good-guy, Errold Peart, was shot and killed outside of his Miami Gardens car wash after intervening in an attempted robbery, the cry went out for anyone with information to come forward. However, more often than not, such requests for citizens to share tips about suspected criminals or illegal activities with the police tend to go ignored. Thats because there seems to be an unwritten law in the Black community that frowns on snitching, no matter how heinous the crime may be. But in this case, after six months of an ongoing investigation, Miami Gardens investigators were able to apprehend the alleged murderer of Peart, Jamere Hanna, without incident. Their spokesperson, Miami Gardens Detective Mike Wright attributes their success to the cooperation of members of the community who knew the identity of the alleged shooter and shared that information with law enforcement. He adds that Hanna, though only 19-years-old, had already racked up quite a criminal record and was clearly a dangerous young man with several outstanding arrest warrants to his name. Pearts family, including both his wife, Dawn Barrett and her son, Dameion, say they can now rest easier because someone did the right thing and contacted the police. Their pastor, the Rev. Eric Readon of New Beginning MBC, is a second-generation minister with long-established ties to the community. He commends the police for aggressively pursuing the case and even offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of Pearts assailant. We dont need superheroes to make our community safer. All we need are more people committed to doing the right thing, speaking up when they see crimes occurring and working with the police. We have lost far too many innocent men, women and children to drive-by shooters, armed robbers and thugs. This is our community lets take it back.