DETROIT (Tell Us Det) -- Detroit 300, the well-known crime fighting community organization, announced its plans to hunt down the killers of children in the city of Detroit. In the wake of the recent murder of 9-month-old Delric 'Miller IV, the group intends to target local hot spots where area gangs hang out as well.
"We don't care what gang, crew or clique you claim. When you kill babies in this city, you are our enemy. There is nothing to talk about," says The Detroit 300 president and founder Raphael B. Johnson. "We are not going to host prayer gatherings for you or hold a candlelight vigil for your transgressions against the community. We are going to hunt you down and bring you to justice."
The group plans to take a proactive approach to the senseless violence in the city by going directly into the most crime ridden neighborhoods as identified by Detroit Police crime analysis reports. This initiative, called One Hour of Power is geared to "show a commanding presence, encouraging hope and cooperation from citizens and shutting down crime."
Angelo B. Henderson, vice-president of The Detroit 300 and Newstalk AM 1200 and 99.9 FM radio personality says, "We understand the street code where people are reluctant to give information to the police. Well, we aren't the police, so just give us the information and we'll take it from there."
"Our message to the gang-bangers and anybody else that's engaged in a lifestyle that puts babies like this and our seniors in jeopardy of their lives, we're telling you there is no coming together with you, period. There is no uniting with you. Let it be known from this day forward, you are our enemy, period", said Detroit 300 President and Founder Raphael B. Johnson during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Detroit 300 isn't just going after his killers, they're demanding justice for all of the children that have been victims of senseless crime. They say they're looking to track down these "child killers".
In the immediate future, members will be hitting the streets, knocking on doors and talking to people in high-crime areas, hoping to dig up leads in the cases.
They are also urging anyone who refuses to contact police but has a tip that might lead to the arrest of anyone involved in any of the murders to call the Detroit 300 tipline at (313)826-8662.
Johnson is also encouraging anyone interested in joining the mission of Detroit 300 to attend a swearing-in event at The Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers Rd., Friday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m.
"There should be no man sitting down when you got babies that are nine-months-old, and one-year-old, and three-years-old, and five-years-old being killed by little punks running around with guns. No man should be sitting down, period, in the City of Detroit", said Johnson.
Attackers peppered a house on Detroit's west side with gunshots early Monday, killing a 9-month-old boy, police said.
Delric Miller was in the living room and other children and adults were at home when the shooting happened around 4:30 a.m., Sgt. Eren Stephens told reporters. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police Chief Ralph Godbee said that the shooting was gang-related. An AK-47 rifle was used in the attack. No arrests have been made.
For more information on The Detroit 300, go to THEDETROIT300.ORG .
"We are going to organize unafraid men all over this city and run the undesirables away. For the sake of our children and senior citizens, our message is simple; either you are with us or against us." says Johnson.