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No witnesses, no peace

Why is it that nobody sees anything when someone, man, woman or child, is gunned down on Baltimore's streets? In a city where it is the norm for people to sit on their porches late into the night to escape the heat, the only violence people see are the ones where police are involved ("Witnesses of man's death sought at vigil," July 24). These are the same people who complain about the safety of their streets but thwart any effort to enforce the laws and make lawbreakers into victims. Don't they realize that without input from the community the police cannot remove these offenders from our streets? Their silence can only embolden the violent offenders who roam our streets.

Instead of holding rallies to condemn police actions, why not go door to door encouraging citizens to come forward with information about crimes they have seen? If we continue with this "no snitching" attitude, our murder rate will continue to rise. And to keep attacking the local police only makes them less likely to do their job to the best of their ability.

Dan Shannahan, Fullerton

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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