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Ft. Myers woman wants community to step up
Posted: Jul 16, 2012 9:55 PM EDT<em >Monday, July 16, 2012 9:55 PM EST</em>Updated: Jul 16, 2012 11:16 PM EDT<em
>Monday, July 16, 2012 11:16 PM EST</em>
By Julian Johnson, NBC2 Reporter - email
EAST FORT MYERS - The community's silence isn't working to stop the violence in East Fort Myers. Now one woman is asking local residents to take responsibility for what's going on in their neighborhood. Dana Pierce wants Dunbar and East Fort Myers residents to be more accountable
and to be more outspoken in ending the crime in their neighborhoods. "You're responsible for your community you're responsible for what takes place," she said. She's now working on more ways people can have a voice and give tips without becoming a potential victim themselves.
She says she isn't blaming police or politicians for the recent violent crime
and deadly shootings in her community. "It's more of dealing with fear in a positive way so you can push through and do the right thing," Pierce said. But at Monday's city council meeting, she made a plea to local residents to be more accountable for the activity in their area. "There is a lack of responsibility because that's the only reason why a person would not share or help solve a crime," Pierce said.
Now she's starting a nameless community action group set to get people involved. But unlike Crime Stoppers, she plans on using churches, public meetings and marches to gather information - without the big payday.
"There are many ways you can be a good upright citizen without expecting to get paid," she said. Right now, Fort Myers is on pace to end the year with 30 murders and the police department is still struggling to find suspects in many cases in part because of a lack of tips. "I've always stressed the importance of working with law enforcement being responsible for your own household neighborhood and community," said Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker. Pierce says she believes the fear of retaliation is what stops many from coming forward. But if you don't want to come to her, she's not ruling out
showing up to your doorstep. "We're going to be in the community door to door we're going to really beat the streets," she said.
Pierce wants to keep the organization nameless because she wants it to truly be a communal movement. She says she's also been working with Chief Baker to get more input on her push for anonymous information.
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