Sheriff Rutherford, in a talk show conversation with Florida Star’s publisher, advised crime in Jacksonville dropped about 20% below what occurred in 2008. And even though he did not have the statistics for black on black murders, specifically among black men, it was reported on PBS that the black murder rate, of black men killing black men increased. There were 111 homicides in 2009 in Jacksonville and 144 in 2008. Police shootings in Jacksonville decreased in 2009 from 28 in 2008 to 15 in 2009.
The pastors joined hands in one of the highest crime areas of Jacksonville to announce their joint effort to bring healing, peace, safety and more importantly a drop in crime to many of the neighborhoods where their churches are located. In Jacksonville and Brunswick, the churches are getting together.