GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A little over six months ago, a group of clergy from Grand Rapids started an initiative called Stop It. It was in response to a spike in murders late last year. But have the efforts helped?
"We can't expect 11 people to change the outcome of a community," says Jerry Bishop. He helped start the Stop It campaign and runs a center for men, called Life Quest.
Bishop says he's not happy with the latest crime stats from Grand Rapids, even though overall crime is down 12%, he says murders are up 50%. Bishop believes assaults are too, even though the official numbers show they're down.
"A lot of crime goes unreported because we are living in a culture of silence."
Although Bishop says the Stop It campaign is a step in the right direction, he says there needs to be more neighbors, employers, and organizations involved by reporting crimes, giving people with criminal pasts jobs and giving young men hope that they can succeed.