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Community needs to step up to help cure crime, Flint Lifelines calls for action

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(08/14/12) - There was an emotional plea Tuesday from a mother who lost her son to violence in Flint. It's a call for help from the community group, Lifelines.

Police, prosecutors and volunteers are trying to stop violence before it starts, but say everyday people need to speak up if they want to see change.

"Every time I look at that picture, I think 'he's really gone, you're really not here with us anymore,'" said Thelisa Anthony, whose son was shot last fall.

Thelisa Anthony cries nearly every day after losing her son last Halloween.

He was shot to death on the 300 block of East Dayton, but his mother isn't giving into Flint's violence.

That's why she's speaking out at a townhall meeting Tuesday evening.

Hosted by Flint Lifelines, their goal is to get people to take an active role in protecting their neighborhood.

"We've been taking a lot of firearms off the streets, making a lot of felony drug arrests, arresting a lot of people on warrants," said First Lieutenant Matt Bolger of the Michigan State Police.

Flint Lifelines is a group made up of police, the prosecutor and community groups.

Their big message is simple: don't hold back.

They can't cure the crime crisis without tips and help from the community.

"We don't know what's going on, we don't live there, therefore they are a vital part of what we are trying to accomplish," said Chief Alvern Lock of the Flint Police Department.

People can give police tips without giving them their name.

That anonymous community tip line number is 810-237-6812.

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