July 2, 2022

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Houma area gathering takes a stand against violent crime


Houma Law enforcement Main Dana Coleman claimed when he visits his childhood neighborhood carrying his badge, he occasionally will get a chilly reception.

After Coleman was appointed as Houma’s first Black law enforcement chief 7 yrs ago, he explained his community began to look at him in different ways.

“I can go where by I grew up in Mechanicville and a door would be shut in my deal with,” he reported. “But I can exhibit up without having that uniform and be welcomed. It is heartbreaking that as a law enforcement main, 85% to 90% of the violent scenarios that I’ve experienced my arms on entail victims and suspects that glance like me. In legislation enforcement, we handle issues, but we need assistance from the group as effectively.”

Getting ready to discuss for the duration of Saturday’s discussion board in Grey are (from still left) Thibodaux City Marshal Calvin Cooks, Houma Law enforcement Chief Dana Coleman, Terrebonne Sheriff Tim Soignet and Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre.

Coleman was a single of various speakers throughout a town hall assembly Saturday in Grey addressing violent crimes impacting Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.

Arranged by Terrebonne Councilman Carl Harding, the Unity in the Community accumulating aimed to “raise recognition and endorse prevention, really encourage community engagement and foster indicating partnerships” to battle criminal offense.

The discussion board provided presentations from law-enforcement officials in Terrebonne and Lafourche, community leaders and area attorneys who all share the exact same target to decrease crime.

The greatest way to stop crime is to tackle it ahead of it occurs, officers reported.

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Thibodaux Metropolis Marshal Calvin Cooks mentioned that process begins at home.

“I explain to all moms and dads, be a mum or dad, not your child’s pal,” Cooks mentioned. “If you see that your boy or girl has brand name-new sneakers or a check out, you know they did not obtain that. You need to look into why they have it. Some of these little ones are paying out the bills for mom and dad so they appear away. Which is a problem. Mistaken is wrong and suitable is ideal. We need to have to get started governing our kids, and which is in which it starts off.”

Harding reported the romantic relationship concerning law enforcement and citizens ought to be repaired so both sides can function collectively.

Saturday's forum was organized by Terrebonne  Parish Councilman Carl Harding.

Saturday’s discussion board was structured by Terrebonne Parish Councilman Carl Harding.

“I just take place to be a worried citizen that has a enthusiasm for the men and women,” Harding stated. “I’m far more Christian than I am politician. We’re attempting to bridge the gap and deliver the group alongside one another. As a group, we in some cases glance at regulation-enforcement officers negatively. But what about the useless bodies? What about the moms, daughters and sons impacted by criminal offense in our community? We’re making an attempt to bridge the hole in our community since I just just cannot stand to be intimidated in my individual community in which my mom has to wander the streets. We want to get back our local community.”

Terrebonne Sheriff Tim Soignet said a victim of a violent crime is not the only bash that suffers.

“There’s usually two victims when a younger man or woman commits a violent act,” Soignet explained. “The action they consider will cause their very own people to be victims since they get incarcerated for a long time. We have to be compassionate on both equally sides and check out to break as a result of to the more youthful generations to avert them from generating these problems.”

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The ongoing pandemic, recovery from Hurricane Ida and high prices for gasoline and food items have caused an uptick in crime throughout the board, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre claimed.

“People with habit are stealing a ton additional,” Webre said. “We’ve viewed a latest uptick in thefts of home, thefts of treasured metals and thefts of catalytic converters. The social isolation produced by 2 ½ years of COVID-19 and the affect of Hurricane Ida have exacerbated this issue of people turning to unlawful narcotics and are having points they do not recognize that could acquire their life.”

Webre also called for an conclude to what he calls the “Mafia mentality” when dealing with violent criminal offense.

“People want to handle issues within on their own rather than function with authorities to remedy difficulties,” he claimed. “You incorporate to that the effects of social media and the means to publish a video in Thibodaux which is disrespectful and offensive to a person in Houma or Bayou Blue and that escalates to violence.”

Coleman challenged attendees to start functioning with police relatively than in opposition to them.

“We cannot do this by ourselves,” he said. “Let’s arrive up with a option.”

— Staff Author Dan Copp can be achieved at 448-7639 or at [email protected] Observe him on Twitter @DanVCopp.

This report originally appeared on The Courier: Forum focuses on curbing criminal offense in Houma, Thibodaux place



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