MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The city of Miami’s new virtual crime fighting program came under fire at a peace rally held in a South Florida neighborhood that is notorious for deadly shootings.
With passionate pleas, clergy and elected leaders rallied with residents in Liberty City to bring an end to the violent crime that has plagued the area.
After several shootings in recent weeks, neighbors are fed up.
Some community members support the rallies but want to see action once the stage and the microphone are gone.
“If you truly have compassion, you would comprise a business plan or some short of action to inevitably make something happen,” said Vincent Beasley, who grew up in the neighborhood.
Neighbors want to see business plan like the new crime fighting initiative unveiled by the city of Miami on Wednesday.
Sophisticated cameras on Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami, are being monitored 24/7. They were paid for by a federal grant and 250 more will be up in the next few weeks.
“I have a serious problem when you are not getting the rescores we need in this community but they are getting them in others,” said Miami, District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardeman.
Hardeman said none of the new cameras are slated to go in to Liberty Square.
Liberty Square has cameras but they are not patched into the city system and neighbors have been told they don’t work.
“Biscayne Blvd. cameras might work and you will be able to get footage off of them,” said resident Joan Rutherford. “And they won’t ever prevail nothing from those video cameras that’s in our community.”
Neighbors say if the Liberty Square cameras were monitored the criminals who shoot up their community might be in jail.
County leaders told CBS4’s Travell Eiland they are working to get these camera patched into the police network.
Neighbors have a hard time believing that.
“It’s wasting money and it’s a bunch of talk too. You talk and say what you are going to do and you never do anything,” said Rutherford.
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