March Rally Planned to counter violence – Did they get their permit?

March, rally planned to counter violence


More than 75 people came together Tuesday at Mount Calvary Baptist Church to continue the conversation about stopping violence in the city and Richland County.

Pretty good considering we can’t muster 50 needed to seat an Independent Grand Jury to STOP corruption in Richland County that’s driving this! – Info on Common Law Study Group

By the end of the two-hour meeting, local leaders were standing up to express concern about topics including jobs and helping convicted felons get jobs and transition from prison to the outside world. The County RAISING TAXES takes 3 Million out of the local economy, good luck with this when ordinary folks without a record can’t get a job. 

The Mend Mansfield Coalition announced plans for a Unity and Community rally and march from the 343 N. Main St. church to Johns Park.

Organizers are asking people to gather at noon Saturday at the church, said Mount Calvary Pastor Derek Williams. The march will leave the church at 1:30 p.m. for Johns Park, where the latest shooting occurred.

The outpouring of community support follows four shootings March 29-30 in Mansfield.

“It’s not north or south problem, or east and west; it’s a Mansfield issue,” Williams said. “Crime hurts all of us. Crime has no sector.”

Dorian Voltaire, 28, was shot twice in the stomach in what appears to be an attempted robbery at 111 1/2 Wood St., and 16-year-old Ashton Auflick was believed to be shot in the same encounter before running to Blymyer Avenue. – Tired of hearing this story, maybe time to tell the truth? Follow the money he had, nobody publicly saying where he got such a sum to carry on the streets?

Lamonte Gordon, 27, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm during a fight at Baku Grotto Hall.

Thirteen hours later, Jacques D. Sutton, 23, was shot in the right arm/elbow area at Johns Park. Shooting suspect Khairi Bond, 19, was arrested on a felonious assault warrant and remains incarcerated, according to Richland County Jail records.

All four shootings remain under investigation, the Mansfield Police Department said, but officials added the shootings are not isolated incidents. – No they are not, much of which surrounds MPD Officer Garn, dead Leicy, and CONflicting reports from those who reported her missing, one being a young lady on a probation violation who is said to have a back page account as a prostitute who has made claims another officer assaulted her before fleeing to San Antonio,Texas.

“As long as I’m pastoring here in Mansfield, my wife and I have made a commitment to the betterment of this community,” Williams said. “I want to make an impact. We want to secure Mansfield, but I want this message of unity to spread across Ohio.”

The Rev. Thomas Hunt said change can occur only if people come together and march in unity for the community.

“Talking to one another, not putting any race down or any other community down but realizing that we all have some special gifts to bring to the table,” he said. “Once those gifts are brought to the table we can utilize everyone’s gifts regardless of their background.

“Then we can make this a much safer place to be and a place where people from other communities can come and be part of Mansfield. Mansfield has great opportunity here so we can show the world how it’s supposed to be done.”

Prospect Elementary School Principal Kirsten DeVito said she wants more police and firefighters to come inside her building.

“Please come visit,” she said. “Wear your uniforms. Walk the halls. I know that several officers have done that. It makes a huge impact on the way our students look at law enforcement.”

Kizzy Williams of the North End Community Improvement Collaborative said she thinks there must be more people being vocal and taking as many youth as possible under their wings and showing them new things.

“You’ve got to give our youth something to look up to,” she said.

The march will follow Springmill Street to Bowman Street to Harker Street and into Johns Park.

Booths will be set up in the park by involved organizations, and the march will be escorted by the Mansfield police and fire departments.

Better ask safety director Lori Cope about your permit, it says you need more time to organize such an event? Oh, that’s right, it depends on WHY you are Marching, they don’t believe the system is corrupt and this is the reason for all the violence. 

“If we can manage to have a Halloween parade with thousands of people in attendance, we certainly should be able to do a gathering of our community to get people here,” Mansfield police Chief Kenny Coontz said. “It’s nice. It’s wonderful to see this. It’s very heartfelt from everyone who is involved to make this occur. – Good luck, our group reached out to another group in need of help to expose corruption, come to find out the Sheriff is scared and will only meet with people he knows, off the record, no recording devices????

“We will guarantee it will be a warm reception for everybody that shows up. Police will be there. We will keep everybody safe. This is truly about coming together in the community to try to have an impact on violent crime.” – IF police are there I hardly believe many will show knowing there ARE bad eggs we can’t trust.

Richland County Sheriff J. Steve Sheldon, in law enforcement for 40 years, said the drug problem is bad and a lot of crime comes out of drug problems. Until the Sheriff quits placing blame on drugs the better off we are! I can’t believe he’s not mentioning much of this stems from those who are placed in halfway houses who should be in prison, case in point where troubled ladies are getting abused in the system by those who supervise allowing them to run back page accounts while on probation?

He talked about Project Starfish, which he and Shelby Pastor Thomas Snyder started to help people addicted to drugs, alcohol and other addictions.

“You could have 10,000 elected officials in this county and they’re not going to do any good at all unless you’ve got community involvement,” he said. “I really applaud the chief and the pastor for getting this started. The sheriff’s office is on board with it.”

Williams agreed.

“It takes all of us to work together,” he said. “And we can do it together.” – I agree like many we can do it, but you can’t do it dividing and attacking others perspectives like they do here.



Twitter: @LWhitmir

How to help

For more information about the march or getting involved in the movement to end violence in Mansfield, call Kizzy Williams at 419-524-7993.

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