Religious leaders, Crime Stoppers plead for witnesses to speak up

The rash of summer violence in Detroit has some local pastors praying for divine intervention.

Religious leaders from all background came together to stress breaking the code of silence and redefining the word "snitch" approaching the July 4 weekend. 

They joined with Crime Stoppers to announce  "Project Good Samaritan" after three block party shootings in Detroit in less than two weeks.

"We are sick and tired of the senseless killings," said Pastor Darren Penson of Greater Quinn AME church 

"Unless we say something, unless we do something, this wave of crime will continue," said Rev. Edward Branch, Third New Hope. 

Hundreds of people, witnessed the gunfire at the block party incidents, but police have had a hard time with residents coming forward.

 When the folks with Crime Stoppers say you will remain anonymous with your tip, they mean 100 percent. 

John Broad says there is no caller ID, calls are routed to a call center in Canada, they are not recorded and you will never be asked your name or any personal information. 

Broad says Crime Stoppers of Michigan, the second largest Crime Stoppers in America, solved 26 homicides in metro Detroit last year and received about 7,000 tips. 

If you have a tip, call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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