It appears to be a common theme with Antioch leadership that when violence occurs, they head for cover when what they should be doing the exact opposite and speaking out against violence while they continue to state a zero tolerance for it.
With so many incidents that go on in Antioch, any statement may seem like lip service, but you end violence by taking it head on with community involvement rather than staying silent and in a little bubble! The city should be working with residents to motivate a movement against the nonsense and begin to push back. It’s a shame that such a beautiful city keeps getting knocked down by violence while its reputation continues to deteriorate.
Simply put, the City leadership should be ashamed of itself and should truly invest in a better outreach plan because what they have no has failed.
Over the weekend, it was reported that Antioch Police was investigating its fifth shooting in less than 48-hrs. Here is a summary of the shootings via the CC Times.
- Kelly’s Club at 408 O St. around 2:05 a.m.
- police were called to a shooting at the Women’s Club hall at 509 G St. around 9:15 p.m
- A few hours later, a 35-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting around 7:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of L Street
- Around 3:55 p.m. Saturday, police received reports of a shooting at Spanos Street and Sycamore Drive
- A shooting in the same area, the 2200 block of Spanos, left a 56-year-old man in critical condition on Friday morning.
On Jan. 31 I wrote about how after a couple of fights in Walnut Creek, its leaders held a press conference—yes, after fights— and were proactive in its solution while Antioch remained silent after a shooting which left six teens shot at a party. Here we are two weeks later and nothing from that incident motivated leadership and now Antioch residents have five more incidents to deal with.
The only things I hear from Antioch council in the papers and on Facebook are about a proposed parcel tax being talked about as a solution to increase police officers and hire code enforcement officers—yes, it’s needed, but so is vocal leadership as well that encourages proactive behavior to stop violence.
It’s rather pathetic that five shootings occurred over the weekend and not one city leader opened their mouth to take a stand against violence. If the City leaders won’t do it, maybe the citizens of Antioch will at the next council meeting.