On Monday, WSFA 12 News dedicated an hour of primetime to helping Montgomery and anyone in south and central Alabama to learn about crime and what can be done about it.
WSFA 12 News Anchor Bob Howell spoke to several guests including Montgomery Police Chief Art Baylor, District Attorney Ellen Brooks, and Judge Tracy McCooey. They discussed Montgomery's murder rate, lower crime rate, and what the average person can do to get involved and help fight crime on their street and in their neighborhood.
The WSFA 12 News Special Report also featured several feature stories involving west Montgomery minister, Reverend Ed Nettles of First Freewill Baptist Church, and Barbara Mays of OK Entertainment. Nettles broke down when he discussed his concerns for kids on the west side of Montgomery. He said he sometimes sits on the church steps and watches as kids walk by and he wonders, "if they will make it." He broke down when he discussed how many funerals he has had to attend for kids from his church who have died in violence.
Barbara Mays is selling Don't Shoot t-shirts, and promoting teen activities like dancing. She says she is doing whatever she can to let teens know that there are alternatives to violence to express anger.