Residents rally to help solve crimes and stop violence after violent holiday weekend in Detroit

Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 17:18:35-04

It’s been a violent holiday weekend in the city of Detroit. There have been 27 shootings, three of which were deadly.

However, police say those numbers are still lower than last year. 

To help stop the violence and gather support for unsolved crimes, about three dozen people gathered Monday on the city’s east side, near State Fair & Coventry Rd.

"We wanted to get together to uplift the names of some missing people, some murdered people, recognize people are still being kidnapped, still being murdered,” said community activist, Malik Shabazz, who organized the rally.

Detroit police confirm there have been 27 shootings, but officers said this number is still lower than it was for this time last year.

Shabazz said this is why the people of Detroit need to get involved.

"The police can't do it all. You have to have the people, the police can't solve crime without the people's help,” said Shabazz.

Shabazz said people need to start speaking up more often and call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP, since it is always anonymous.

"Detroit is the greatest city on the earth, Detroit just hasn't realized it yet. We're the greatest and we are the worst. We have a choice. Choose life. Choose Love. Choose hope,” said Shabazz.