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Copyright 2004 -- Collinsville,
Chamber of Commerce
Tulsa County District Attorney
Tim Harris (Speaker)
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Tim Harris painted a
grim picture of the state of gang violence and death in Tulsa County in
the past few years. He estimated that about half of the 70 deaths in Tulsa
County last year were gang related. His office now speaks to youth ranging
from third graders to those already incarcerated under his "Operation
Ceasefire" program. Harris stated that despite the best efforts of
his office and police, the only real solution is a total community involvement
to make a difference "one person at a time" by investing in the
kids' future and giving them an alternative to gangs. He warned not to consider
this just Tulsa's problem as it will spread to the suburbs if not attacked
as there are hugh amounts of money involved and the (drug) crime will move
where it is not resisted. A major emphasis is on the use of guns in these
crimes and the increased death and penalties involved.
D.A. Harris also reminded
Collinsville small businesses to contact his office with bogus checks as
his office will not only recover the face amount but pay the merchant $25
per check. He indicated over a million dollars was recoved last year.