Speak Out: Has Jordan Miles incident distracted leaders from addressing Black-on-Black violence?

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There ha been several community meetings to address the Jordan Miles case but none recently to address the Black-on-Black violence, so we asked Pittsburghers what they thought and what should be done. Here’s what you said:

“I don’t think that it’s distracted the city, I think that it actually awakened it, because unfortunately they don’t get involved unless it’s one of their own. We need to stop being divided by our beliefs, traditions, culture, and religion and come together and take care of our own babies.”

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“Free,” Cynthia Hill and Ruth Thomas

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Homewood
Social worker

“If they would have kept it behind and not said much about it then maybe it would have distracted. Things that happen like that are terrible. People getting beat up by different cultures and races needs to be spoken about.”
Cynthia Hill
West Mifflin
Entrepreneur

“Not at all, it did not distract the city from the Black-on-Black crime. What happened to that young man should not have happened. The purpose of the police is supposed to protect and they did just the opposite.”
Ruth Thomas
Stanton Heights
Marketing

“No, because it is constant so they have to deal with it. I don’t think they’re paying less attention because of what happened, you almost can’t ignore it.”
Arthur Young
Edgewood
Teacher counselor

“I think it did, because all we heard on the news was about Miles. It has to start with the parents, if it’s single family it has to start with the mother or father. They have to restore relationships back in the home because we have lost sight, we’re not focused on the children any more.”
Mary Etta Johnson
North Side
U.S. Postal Service

“I think the city is still aware of the violence that’s going on, if anything it enlightens more people about it, letting people know that it’s still going on in Pittsburgh. There’s nothing you can really do about it. We need to try to be more aware about the situation and what’s going on with the police.”
True Stacks
East Side
Student

(Compiled by Gail Manker. Photos by Gail Manker.)

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