Charleston, MO group forms coalition to stop violence

Charleston, MO group forms coalition to stop violence

CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - A group consisting of clergy, law enforcement, concerned citizens and non-government organizations came together in Charleston, Missouri on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 29 to show unified opposition to recent violence in the community.

The group met at the courthouse and urged residents to "come together for the common good and make the community a safe, drug-free place to live."

They ask for the public's support, and cooperation with the law enforcement and judicial system.

Chief Robert Hearnes stated:

"Nobody in this town should fear being shot. If you commit a crime with a gun, or try to tamper or intimidate a witness, you can expect an aggressive enforcement of the law and prosecution from all the law enforcement agencies in this county."

The groups represented in the coalition consist of the St. Matthews Full Gospel Missionary Baptist Church, Opportunity Church of God in Christ, Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church, Perry Chapel A.M.E. Church, Charleston United Methodist Church, NAACP, Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Mississippi County Sheriff's Department and the Charleston Department of Public Safety.

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