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Craig Murray/The Enterprise
Brockton Police detectives George Almeida and Nazaire Paul work the streets of Brockton.

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The Enterprise
Posted Oct 22, 2008 @ 04:05 PM
Last update Oct 22, 2008 @ 04:36 PM

BROCKTON -
Killers live among us.
They may be standing next to you at the convenience store, in the car behind you at the red light, walking by in the mall. They are free, allowed to kill again, because people who can put them behind bars refuse to talk with authorities, hiding behind a "code of silence."
"When the police don't get the offenders off the street because witnesses won't come forward, it affects the quality-of-life of residents," Ward 4 Councilor Paul Studenski, the city's former police chief, says. "Innocent people, bystanders, are getting hurt."
The Enterprise on Sunday will launch a three-day series in the newspaper and on this Web site probing the "snitching" culture of the streets. The yearlong investigation found that when witnesses don't talk and killers go free, the entire community suffers.

Video: http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/...e-series-on-the-code-of-silence-starts-Sunday
 

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DEADLY SILENCE: A special report on the 'snitching' code that handcuffs justice

The Enterprise
Posted Oct 26, 2008 @ 06:05 AM
Last update Oct 26, 2008 @ 09:12 AM
BROCKTON -
Killers live among us.
They may be standing next to you at the convenience store, in the car behind you at the red light, walking by in the mall. They are free, allowed to kill again, because people who can put them behind bars refuse to talk with authorities, hiding behind a "code of silence."

View our special online site here.

"When the police don't get the offenders off the street because witnesses won't come forward, it affects the quality-of-life of residents," Ward 4 Councilor Paul Studenski, the city's former police chief, says. "Innocent people, bystanders, are getting hurt."
The Enterprise today begins a three-day series in print and online probing the "snitching" culture of the streets. The yearlong investigation found that when witnesses don't talk and killers go free, the entire community suffers.

Video: http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/...e-series-on-the-code-of-silence-starts-Sunday
 

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Violent crime persists because the people most affected by it, tolerate it. Don't complain to the police when your brother is beaten, your mother is robbed or when your son is shot if you don't have the balls to man up and point the finger at those who did it. Police despite what you see on CSI or Medium are not equipped with science-fiction technology or psychics. If there is no witnesses, then most often, there is no case.

A big part of the problem is the idolatry of those self-proclaimed "gansta rappers". They live in their own gold-plated palaces, surrounded by bodyguards and lawyers, yet tell those living in poverty not to "snitch" and keep their mouths shut while people are maimed and killed on the streets. Pathetic.
 

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DEADLY SILENCE: Suspects and friends intimidate witnesses in court


Craig Murray/The Enterprise
Larissa Rodrigues, girlfriend of shooting victim Shaian Colon, poses with daughter Shaian in her mother's Brockton home.

The Enterprise
Posted Oct 27, 2008 @ 06:05 AM
Last update Oct 27, 2008 @ 09:31 AM
BROCKTON -
Larissa Rodrigues's boyfriend Shaian Colon, the father of her baby, was shot to death two years ago. Even though many seem to know who pulled the trigger, the crime remains unsolved.

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Police say many witnesses to crime are reluctant to come forward with information, fearing they will be forced to testify in court. Whether called omerta, "no snitching" or the code of silence, the failure of witnesses to assist police in solving violent crimes is taking a toll on city neighborhoods and some towns in the region.
For more than a year, The Enterprise has been taking a close look at the issue by examining court records and crime statistics; interviewing investigators, victims, community leaders, business people and neighbors; going to crime scenes, and watching dozens of trials to see - first hand - what effect it is having and what is being done to stop it.

Video: http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/...e-series-on-the-code-of-silence-starts-Sunday
 

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LETHAL LIES: Few who lie about a crime end up in jail for perjury


Craig Murray/The Enterprise
Rosando Marcelino at the grave of Shaian Colon. Both men were shot in Brockton. One died, one was paralyzed.

The Enterprise
Posted Oct 28, 2008 @ 07:15 AM
Last update Oct 28, 2008 @ 07:25 AM
BROCKTON -
Prosecutors say they're cracking down on witnesses who lie but, court records show, once the cases get to court few are convicted and even fewer go to jail. Of the 27 people charged with perjury in Plymouth County in 2006 and 2007, only three were convicted.

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Police say many witnesses to crime are reluctant to come forward with information, fearing they will be forced to testify in court. Whether called omerta, "no snitching" or the code of silence, the failure of witnesses to assist police in solving violent crimes is taking a toll on city neighborhoods and some towns in the region.
For more than a year, The Enterprise has been taking a close look at the issue by examining court records and crime statistics; interviewing investigators, victims, community leaders, business people and neighbors; going to crime scenes, and watching dozens of trials to see - first hand - what effect it is having and what is being done to stop it.

Video:http://www.patriotledger.com/news/c...-lie-about-a-crime-end-up-in-jail-for-perjury
 
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