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Cops asking for help from public after gang arrests
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- After a round-up of some of the most dangerous suspected criminals, Cincinnati Police say there is still work to be done.
Tuesday night police met with people who live in the West End to update them on the progress. Officers say more people are going to have to get involved so that a new group of criminals doesnt replace the group that just got arrested.
When the SWAT team came knocking last Thursday and carted 20 suspected violent criminals off to jail many breathed a sigh of relief. But, police say the work isn't finished.
"Just because these people get locked up and are facing criminal charges, we need the community to step up," Captain Mike John of the Cincinnati Police Department said.
West End resident, Dave Petersen, said, "I think the key message is that we need victims to step up and people that know these folds that are in the crime business to get them identified."
Out of the 20 people charged, four are facing federal indictments. That means longer prison sentences. Officers say .5% of the population is responsible for 70% of the city's violent crime. People who've lived here for years refuse to be run out by criminals.
"I actually love the West End and I want to see it improve and terms of its reputation throughout the city," a West End resident, Keith Blake, said.
Officers say in order to stop a new group of criminals from emerging more people must be willing to work with police. The culture must change. The culture that people can't work with police must change.
Officials say two of the biggest problems they face with getting violent criminals off the streets are the "no snitch" mentality and victims who refuse to testify against defendants.
Police say there are similar investigations like the one that led to Thursday's arrests going on right now in other neighborhoods.
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