MAYOR, CITY MANAGER AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS (EXCEPT DIRECTOR KEN RICHARDSON) NO SHOW AT VIGIL FOR MURDER OF MOTHER AND HER TWO CHILDREN IN SWLR - THEIR LACK OF CONCERN AND SUPPORT DEMANDS ACTION
|CROSSES PLACED AT ROSEWOOD APARTMENTS IN MEMORY OF THE CITY'S 53rd, 54th and 55th MURDERS|
The absence of city leadership at a vigil held Saturday evening for Mariah Cunningham, and two of her children; five year-old A’Layliah, and three year-old Elijah Fisher, Little Rock's 53rd, 54th and 55th homicide victims, is just one more reason increasing numbers of Little Rock voters are voicing weariness with elected officials that talk the talk, but don't walk the walk.
|COMMUNITY LEADERS & ACTIVISTS EXPRESS SYMPATHY FOR THE FAMILY AND URGE WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD|
These are the faces of city leaders that don't have time to give up a measly thirty minutes to join concerned citizens and take a stand and remember those killed in the violent city of Little Rock.
Most of the elected ones will be up for reelection next year and they continue to give opponents more than a preponderance of evidence to win their arguments that they need to be replaced.
The only city director that cared was Ken Richardson.
While the murders occurred in Richardson's ward, other city leaders absence from events like this and Richardson's "Crisis in the Community" one last month is extremely disappointing.
City leaders were quick to call an emergency board meeting back in July after the mass no-death-shooting incident at a sketchy LR bar, but where is the concern when children are murdered?
The answer is easy - NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.
Director Richardson was there to give support and stand with citizens from all over the city.
|DIRECTOR KEN RICHARDSON & APARTMENT COMPLEX OWNER MELBA MARSHALL|
More often than not, Richardson is the only member of the Little Rock Board of Directors that you will see at events like this.
The vigil was organized by the Reverend Benny Johnson, Founder and President of Arkansas Stop The Violence.
|REV. BENNY JOHNSON - ARKANSAS STOP THE VIOLENCE|
Approximately thirty-five individuals were at the vigil, and another 8.7k watched a Facebook live-stream of the event by a THV11 reporter Melissa Zygowicz.
LRPD Police Chief Kenton Tremar Buckner, showing his affinity for community policing, was nowhere to be found either.
|LRPD CHIEF KENTON TREMAR BUCKNER - AIN'T GOT TIME FOR NO VIGIL|
But there were four LRPD Officers that were there to show their support and grief for the community in which they patrol.
Sgt. Chris Phiilips, Officers Lora Gonzalez, Willie Christopher and Randy Dearing.
These officers were not ordered to attend the vigil, they took it upon themselves to show the community that they cared. They are to be commended for doing so in the midst of daily scandals at their department.
In case you were not one of the 8.7k individuals that watched the live-streaming of the event or watched the news on television last night, here are some videos to keep you informed.
It is time for change in leadership in Little Rock.
You know it.
They know it.
It will happen.
#CleanOutLRCityHall #TimeForChange #ReplaceOrRecall