MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke says he is fed up with gang activity in Middle Georgia.
There are hundreds of gang members across Central Georgia, and a large number of them are in Macon, according to Cooke.
"We are aggressively targeting street gangs when they commit crimes they’re going to pay for it," said Cooke.
Cooke wants severe sentencing when it comes to gang members.
"Anytime they commit a crime that’s destabilizes this community and threatens the safety of Middle Georgia families they’re going to do time," adds Cooke. "And we’re not going to rest until every single street gang is dismantled or moves out of town."
Tameeka Clark keeps a baseball bat by her front door. Clark lives near Hawkinsville Street, an area known for drugs and gangs. She’s even had her door kicked in when her home was burglarized.
"It’s ridiculous to me how some of these children have to survive on the street you know to get shoes, and clothing, and eat you know," said Clark. "I just don’t want my children to grow up that way. I try so hard to keep my son out of streets."
She keeps a watchful eye on her children.
"My children could be victims as well," she continues. "I try to educate my children on the use of drugs and hoping that they make the right choices."
Cooke said education is key to deter elementary students from joining gangs but has a warning for older students.
"Those in middle and high school, the best thing I can say to them is don’t join a gang, and, if you are in one get out now," he said.