2.01.2009

Recent Killing Sparks “Anti-Stop Snitching” Campaign...Is It Too Late?

Written by Jesse Muhammad

Some people call turning in a criminal a way to clean up their community....but some people call it Snitchin'.

It has become an underground street code referred to as the Stop Snitchin' campaign.

Stop Snitchin' is considered a controversial method to convince criminal informants to stop "snitching," or informing, to the police. It is also said to be a campaign used by criminals to frighten people with information from reporting or testifying in court.

Stop Snitchin' was popularized by the release of a 2004 Baltimore-based home-made DVD that threatened would-be informants. Soon a string of underground dvds by hip hop stars started circulating to further promote the campaign throughout the country.

According to The Source Magazine, Rev. Al Sharpton will be spearheading a national “Anti-Stop Snitching” campaign alongside two pastors and the families of two murdered teens from Miami.

What prompted Sharpton to launch this initiative was the shooting deaths of 16-year-old Brandon T. Mills and 18-year-old Derrick Gloster on January 23 after a man with an AK-47 fired into a crowd of nearly 50 people watching a dice game in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. He also wounded seven others.

Although there are numerous witnesses, nobody is willing to talk to authorities to solve the crime.

According to The Source, Sharpton’s campaign hopes to open dialogues between communities and law enforcement to help close unsolved crimes while also removing the criminals from the streets which leave people in fear of the repercussions of snitching.

What are your thoughts about the Stop Snitching Campaign?

5 comments:

  1. I think stop snitching is a stupid thing and his destroying our communities everywhere.

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  2. To be honest I hate the police because they are so corrupt but I'm not down with harboring our criminals for the sake of some street code. How else are we going to clean our streets up?

    Let's be real....we need a better relationship with law enforcement but hell they need to stop beating the crap out of us then maybe the people can learn to trust them.

    Other than that this campaign by Sharpton is a waste of breathe.

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  3. I used to believe in this code until I had a friend get shot in broad daylight and nobody wanted to talk. Stop snitching only destroys our communities.

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  4. PEOPLE WHO “SUPPOSED TO BE HARD” BE SCARED AS HELL. THAT’S WHY THEY BE SCREAMING “STOP SNITCHIN.” THEY SCARED AS HELL AND RUN WITH THE PACK, AND DO WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE SAY DO CAUSE THEY SCARED TO GO AGAINST IT. ON THE OTHER HAND, IF YOU OUT THERE IN THE DIRT TOO, AND YOU GET CAUGHT, DON’T BE A WEASLE; THAT’S SNITCHING; LIE DOWN AND DO YOUR BID! BUT IF A DUDE KILL YOUR RELATIVE, HOMIE, OR AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER OVER SOMETHING TRIVIAL, SIMPLY PUT, YOU’RE A WEAK AND A SORRY FRIEND OR RELATIVE IF YOU DON’T FIND SOME WAY TO BRING LIGHT TO THE SITUATION. SETUP AN ANONYMOUS EMAIL IF YOU SCARED. CALL FROM A PAY PHONE IN ANOTHER CITY AND CHANGE YOUR VOICE. DO SOMETHING! THE “STOP SNITCHING” CODE IS SETUP TO MAKE THE BLACK COMMUNITY A BUNCH OF SHEEP. WHILE THE GOOD BLACK PEOPLE DIE, THE STREET DUDES WIN. THE SAD THING IS I’M WHITE AND I CAN SEE IT. STEVIE WONDER CAN SEE IT. WHEN YOU SEE A DUDE ALWAYS TALKIN BOUT STOP SNITCHIN’, YOU ALSO LOOKING AT SCAREY AND WEAK ALL IN ONE. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO SOMETHING , WHEN THE OTHER PERSON AINT DESERVE IT (ROB AND SHOOT A DUDE WHO’S DONE NOTHING TO THEM), YOU A SUCKER IF YOU SUPPORT THAT. YOU’RE THE SAME LAME WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOUR BROTHER OR COUSIN, YOU CRYING AND SCARED TO TELL. BUT YOU SUPPOSED TO BE A “G.” IN YOUR CASE “G” IS FOR GARBAGE. YOU DUDES NEED TO QUIT THAT. THAT’S WHY WHITE PEOPLE WILL BE THE LAST RACE ON THE PLANET. WE WON’T KILL EACH OTHER OFF LIKE BLACKS DO. AND NO I’M NOT RACIST. BUT I HOPE THIS MESSAGE MAKES ALL BLACK PEOPLE MAD SO MAYBE THEY’LL DO SOMETHING! YOU GOT A BLACK PRESIDENT NOW. MAKE THE BEST OF IT! STOP MAKING HIM LOOK BAD… … … *******RACISM IS DYING; SELF GENOCIDE IS RISING******* STOP BEING VICTIMS OF THE SYSTEM THAT WILLIE LYNCH LEFT BEHIND. BE A PART OF CHANGE. IT’S NOT WHITE PEOPLE ANYMORE. … … … IF YALL DON’T CHANGE IT, BLACK PEOPLE, YEARS FROM NOW, WILL END UP IN A MUSEUM BECAUSE THEY ANNIALATED THEMSELVES. PEOPLE WILL WALK BY AND SAY, “THEY KILLED THEMSELVES OFF YEARS AGO…” SAD, BUT TRUE. … … … Now, watch the ignorant dudes who reply and say otherwise. They may as well be white and members of KKK because they help to kill off the black race. I’m sure Willie Lynch would be saying, “Good job stupid.”

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  5. Depends on your definition of snitching.

    COINTELPRO infiltration=snitching.
    Uncle Tom/House Negro talkin' about Harriet Tubman.

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