Peoria law enforcement officials are set to discuss the next phase of an anti-gang violence initiative.
A news conference to outline where the city has gone, and where it's going, with the "Don't Shoot" program is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the main branch of the Peoria Public Library. U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, State's Attorney Jerry Brady, Sheriff Mike McCoy, Assistant Police Chief Mike Eddlemon, and Mayor Jim Ardis are expected to speak at the event.
Sheriff McCoy talked with 1470 & 100.3 WMBD last week about "Don't Shoot," which came to Peoria in 2012. Since then, McCoy says 50 shooters have been indicted. Some of them have already been sentenced to prison time for taking part in gang violence.
2014 crime stats will also be discussed at the news conference. So far this year, Peoria has seen two murders connected to street violence, the lowest number in at least a decade. McCoy says, going back to 2010, the number of shootings, and shooting victims, have fallen by 50 and 55 percent, respectively. He points to "Don't Shoot" as a major factor in the drop in gang violence.
"Those are figures that don't lie," McCoy says.
The next phase of "Don't Shoot" is already underway through a group called Peoria Community Against Violence, or PCAV. PCAV aims to bring residents together to put extra pressure on gang members to put down their guns.
The date of the next call-in, an event that brings in known gang members to try to show them the damage street violence does to the community, is also expected to be announced at the news conference.