Detroit Police Meeting With Community Will Address Stigma Of 'Snitching'

"That saying, 'snitches get stitches,' that's an old saying that needs to be gone."

WWJ News
October 20, 2019 - 6:31 pm

WWJ/ Vickie Thomas

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- Speak up.

That's the message Detroit police and community leaders will be trying to convey at a meeting Monday night.

Police commanders from the 9th and 11th precincts, as well as Detroit Police Commissioners and other community leaders will speak at the meeting -- to be held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at 7 p.m. -- to reverse the stigma against "snitching."

Cedric Wyckoff, a chaplain at the 11th Precinct, says it's all to help the community be a safer place.

"We're trying to bring awareness to the situation and let people know that, in order to help out the police, you have to be able to be vigilant. You have to be wise, look at what you see, contact the police department," Wyckoff told WWJ.

"That saying, 'snitches get stitches,' that's an old saying that needs to be gone because we need people to speak up," he said.

Wyckoff says the main concern is to bring the community together to stand strong and show citizens that they have a voice.

A local pastor will also receive an award during the meeting. Pleasant Grove Baptist Church is located on Dequindre Street, north of Davison.