By the time this edition of The Helena World reaches the hands of most of its readers, Elijah Mondy will be undergoing, or will have undergone, two surgical procedures required as the result of physical trauma from a gunshot wound he suffered on April 29.
By the time this edition of The Helena World reaches the hands of most of its readers, Elijah Mondy will be undergoing, or will have undergone, two surgical procedures required as the result of physical trauma from a gunshot wound he suffered on April 29. Mondy, 66, was shot once in the chest as he attempted to perform a Good Samaritan act for a person he saw lying, apparently injured, in the middle of the road. He and his wife, Belinda, were on their way home from Wal-Mart when the attack occurred. While recovering from the shooting, Mondy has become somewhat of a crusader against the criminal element that is plaguing the Helena-West Helena community. He has appealed to the city to increase the size of the police department. “For Helena-West Helena with a city population of only 12,000 to 13,000, the crime situation and the inability to manage it is unacceptable,” he said. Mondy noted that federal agents managed to bring down one of the most notorious criminals in U.S. history in Al Capone despite how clever he was. He noted that when those who desire to do what is obviously right, criminals and evildoers can be brought to justice whether it is Al Capone or Adolph Hitler. “It is a sad testimony of the city of West Helena that we are bogged down in so much grid lock and fighting that we can't put a handle on – not an Al Capone or Adolph Hitler – but a small criminal element of not so smart young thugs who are terrorizing and generating fear throughout the city,” commented Mondy. According to Mondy, the local criminals have no fear of God or the laws of man and its consequences. They, he said, rely on lawyers that are not concerned with the truth or justice. They, Mondy continued, lie themselves out of a situation, and return to the streets to continue preying on the good citizens of the community. In his second appeal to city officials, Mondy is urging that local police be given whatever is needed in manpower – full-time and part-time – to patrol the streets. Mondy would like to see a new police strategy in which every neighborhood is patrolled on a regular basis allowing police response to any location in three minutes or less. “Criminals know about the manpower issue of our police,” stated Mondy. “They know that a 911 emergency is so slow that they can take a coffee break and still get away.” Mondy also hopes to see a special committee be formed consisting of three concerned citizens, two city council members and police leaders to meet once or twice a month, or as necessary, to oversee a new police strategy and deal with solving crimes. “We can spend hours, days and years talking and making excuses about the problems, which is like watching a dog chasing his tail,” said Monday, “or we can be creative and come up with solutions and implement them.” Prosecution, the courts, parenting and the churches are other steps to fixing the problem concluded Mondy.