One church on Detroit's west side surrounded by vacant houses, and its pastor thinks that the Charleston, South Carolina murders can happen anywhere including here."Oh yes, don't take it lightly," said Rev. Jake Hill. "Somebody is going to be a copycat here in Detroit."
That is why Hill is beefing up security at Christ Community Baptist Church. His effort complete with new security cameras as the feds are urging places of worship to ramp up security in the wake of the Charleston massacre."If you look at the segment most targeted by hate crimes, it is based on race and it's based against African Americans," said U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.
Local and federal law enforcement want churches and other houses of worship to have security programs and emergency action plans in place for worst case scenarios.The fact of the matter for Hill and his flock that meets in the only occupied building on the desolate block of Tuxedo near Dexter. Their Dylann Roof could just as well be a Detroit thug as a white supremacist.
"You really don't know nowadays," Hill said. "You have to prepare ahead of time."And for that reason the church will install cameras inside the sanctuary. It is also why after 11:30 Sunday mornings no one can come in through the back door, only the front.
Hill does not carry a gun but several of his worshipers do."We're going to be prepared for whatever takes place in here," Hill said. "If something does happen in here, don't think you're going to come in here and expect to get out."