Stop the violence rally aims to curb crime in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Curbing crime was at the top of the priority list at the first ever Ques care, stop the violence rally.

The life of crime isn't glamorous. Richmond County's Sheriff Richard Roundtree and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity are making sure kids in the area, know that.

"The gang is not just sitting back, waiting on kids to come to them," Roundtree said. "They're actively pursing kids. They're going to events, they're going to places where kids hand out and they're trying to promote a better lifestyle, but it's a destructive lifestyle."

Sheriff Roundtree added that if they influence local children before they're affected by gangs and crime, they'll make a big difference.

"We just don't want to do it on the apprehension end on the crime side or when a child is in trouble," Roundtree said. "We want to reach kids and touch them in their lives so their first contact with law enforcement is positive contact."

If only one child goes home with a different mindset, the rally was a success.

"The first step is raising awareness, and hopefully we see a change happen afterwards. Definitely if we can at least touch one or two, and from there we hopefully get a positive trickle down affect," said the event organizer, Marqus Jackson.

Both the fraternity and the sheriff are hoping their message resonates with the children before they head back to school on Monday.

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