Montgomery has a growing violent crime problem:
“Due to the efforts of his church, shootings in the neighborhood have stopped, Nettles said, but violent crime in the rest of west Montgomery seem to be on the rise.
Just 72 days into 2013 and Montgomery has recorded 15 homicides. Last year, the city recorded 32 homicides.
Overall, violent crime is up 22 percent this year compared to the same time period in 2012. …
Blackshear said parts of west Montgomery are “like a third world.”
The violent crime problem seems to be concentrated in west Montgomery, parts of which are said to be “like a third world,” and where “desegregation” has left behind “islands of concentrated poverty.”