We’re not going to take it!

This letter was written by a group of citizens who are tired of watching their city go down the drain! We are sending copies of this letter to local law enforcement, schools, churches, and neighborhood associations to help us take our city back.
On July 21, 2010 gun fire sprayed Daniels Park in NE Cedar Rapids. Neighbors reported hearing 10-12 shots but police determined it was as much as fifteen! Four of these fifteen bullets hit an automobile and police are being “tight lipped” about the investigation! We cannot stand by and be held prisoner by these villains any longer! We must take a stand against gang activity in Cedar Rapids!
The gang activity is spreading like wildfire through our neighborhoods. The entire east side of the city has been taken over and there is noticeable activity on the west side! These people have infected our youth bringing a market of drugs and a lifestyle that lowers the quality of life for everyone. Their intent is to instill fear by shooting guns in our parks, invading homes, and assaulting people just walking down the street. Cedar Rapids used to be a safe city.
Over the past 15 to 20 years informed residents have tried to report gang activity to the police and public officials but these reports were disregarded. We can’t continue to ignore the gang activity in Cedar Rapids. We must stand against the gangster lifestyle.
Some of us know firsthand that gangs have relocated here because no one says anything to them. Many of us don’t want to be involved or fear retaliation. Some of us really didn’t know there were gangs in Cedar Rapids. No one is educating the public about gangs or gang activity! We must do this for ourselves and salvage our way of life before we are run over by these scoundrels.
We have had several murders, robberies and teenagers beating up people walking down the street we even had a police officer assaulted! We have had countless town meetings expressing our concerns about this and the only change we see is the growth of gangs! If we don’t stand up for ourselves who will?
Our quaint city used to be a family friendly place where you could socialize with your neighbors and raise your children to be peace loving law abiding citizens! If this continues there will be no hope for the City of Cedar Rapids or surrounding communities. We must do something.
We have tried talking to officials! Talking to officials is no longer an option. We are calling all citizens of Cedar Rapids to action to stand against the thug lifestyle! We must show these people that we will not put up with random gun fire in our parks, drug sales on the streets, assaults, and home invasions.
We want to remind those people who are not directly involved with gangs but contribute to these organizations as ‘customers’ that they are just as guilty as the individual(s) who fired fifteen rounds near our splash pad at Daniels Park!

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About Ajai Dittmar

There is nothing 'radical' about wanting to save your historical neighborhood! There is nothing 'negative' for wanting an 'outside investigation' done a public service that has had a lot of embarrassing news, especially when they don't do their jobs! There is nothing 'odd' about wanting politicians to uphold the Constitution they swear to uphold when they are sworn into office! Follow @sibzianna View all posts by Ajai Dittmar

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