Crime victim Elijah Mondy is beginning to feel that his pleas to reform the serious crime problem in Helena-West Helena are falling on deaf ears.
Unable to attend Tuesday's city council session, Mondy anxiously sat by his radio hoping that he had passed on enough information to at least generate a productive discussion about more police patrolling and new strategies to combat crime in the community.
“The near silence of my suggestions was deafening,” commented Mondy. “I was very disappointed at the business as usual. I asked myself, 'did they read and evaluate my information? Were my efforts a waste of time? Is this the way Helena-West Helena residents want their government to continue to operate? Do they care?'”
Mondy was shot once in the chest on April 29 while attempting to perform a Good Samaritan deed for a man he saw lying in the street apparently injured. The owner of Radio Station KJIW underwent the first of two operations on June 11 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. He will be operated on for a second time on Tuesday, June 25.
During his time of recovery, Mondy has offered some suggestions to jump-start a plan of action to deal with the crime problem in the community. His suggestions included increasing police patrolling in neighborhoods and reducing 911 emergency response calls to two or three minutes or less. Mondy even suggested if there was a better idea or plan to put it out on the table.
“What good is a 'Neighborhood Watch' when you see your neighbor's house being broken into or someone in the middle of the street shooting and you call 911 and the criminal has time to take a coffee break while perpetrating his crime knowing that he has plenty of time to do his dirt even after a 911 emergency call?” asked Mondy.
According to Mondy, he turned to his hometown roots because of love and good memories, but he said, that was the past.
“I need to know if this current gridlock and waste of time quagmire is what the citizens of Helena-West Helena really want,” stated Mondy. “If so, I need to consider my options. I am perhaps wasting my time.”
As soon as he is physically able, Mondy plans to address the council and says if they (the council) think he is wasting his time, he will move on. He plans to poll the council to see if he is welcome.
“My mother used to say 'enough is enough and too much stinks,'” said Mondy. “A lot on the outside are watching and we are stinking up the place in their eyes.”
Council member Jay Hollowell responded to Mondy's email plea, and stated, “I would like to visit with you face to face on some of these issues. Look forward to hearing from you when you feel up to meeting.”