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Leaders look to 'Stop The Violence' to keep from riots

Community leaders discuss how they can combat violence and any threat of riots in South Georgia. Community leaders discuss how they can combat violence and any threat of riots in South Georgia.
A view from Monday night as protesters crowded the streets of Baltimore. A view from Monday night as protesters crowded the streets of Baltimore.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Community leaders hope their Stop The Violence program in the last five years can prevent riots like those in Baltimore.

The Baltimore riots were the main topic of conversation at this week's Stop The Violence program.

Some people said they understood the frustration of the rioters. Others said that violence is never the answer.

Organizers said they believe these community meetings where people can talk to their law enforcement heads, and air their concerns, has prevented some strife in Albany.

"Stop the violence is creating an atmosphere where at least you have access to your Chiefs, to your Sheriff, to your D.A.'s. And you are able to ask questions and these folks are available to provide answers," said Rev. Victor Powell with Stop The Violence.

Stop The Violence organizers say they know racism is an issue most communities have to work through, but they hope law enforcement and the community talking together will prevent violence like that in Baltimore or Ferguson.

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