Augusta Commission to discuss role of surveillance cameras downtown

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

Want to let local leaders know what you think about the recent violence downtown?

What: Public forum hosted by the The Downtown Augusta Alliance
When: 8 a.m.
Where: Karen Gordon Stage at the Riverwalk

News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, May 7, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- This cellphone video shows more than 2 and a half minutes of fighting and no deputies.

Commissioner Bill Fennoy says it's an example why cameras are needed downtown.

"I'm not going to say the police didn't do their job. I don't know if the Sheriff's Office was called or if 911 was called," Fennoy said.

Kyrion Everidge, 20, says she knows why.

"Snitches get snitches is what they say. It's the code some go by."

Everidge is from New Orleans. She says some of the reasons people were videotaping the downtown fight instead of calling 911 was because of an understood street code.

"If something bad was to happen and that person was trying to hide out, if you tell who did it, people will try to protect themselves. Snitches don't snitch where I'm from," she said.

Fennoy says that's why deputies need another set of eyes.

"I think, as a city, we need to do something to keep this from happening again," he said.

A public forum is set for Wednesday morning to discuss the recent violence downtown at 8 a.m. at the Karen Gordon Stage on the Riverwalk.

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