A rally aimed to solve the issues with crime plaguing the Baton Rouge area is scheduled to take place on the state capitol steps this weekend.
Event organizer Brad McMorris said the event is scheduled for Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.
“For 31 years straight Louisiana has had the highest murder rate in the nation,” McMorris said. “Violent crime, which is murder, rape is almost double the national average.”
McMorris said there will be several speakers at the event and families of victims who’s cases are unsolved.
“I’m kinda inviting people who’s cases are unsolved,” he said. “That way when news does come their cases would have more exposure. We’re just trying to get people to say, hey, what can we do about this? What are we gonna do? And just bring awareness to it.”
McMorris said crime in the area has been at an alarming area for over half of his life.
“Once people realize it’s been 31 years, they’re gonna be like, really 31 years and nobody’s doing nothing about it,” he said. “I know everybody’s seeing a lot of crime. I’m about to be 44. That’s almost all of my life. I don’t have any kids, but I have nephews, I’ve got great nieces and I don’t want to see things happen to them. So we’ve just kind of gotta figure things out on a civil level.”
McMorris said Saturday’s event could help be a step in the right direction of figuring things out.
“We’re not going out there to bash anybody,” he said. “No matter what party you are Republican, Democrat or whatever. We’ve kind of just got to figure things out.”