SALISBURY, Md. - A rap video at the center of a community controversy, now Salisbury police say they are meeting with residents to discuss the response to this video.
Salisbury police chief Barbara Duncan calls the move the "type of community response" that the department hopes continues. Last spring, Duncan says they met with the same family members of 20 Doverdale teens, including the eight men seen in the video after a spike in minor assaults, narcotic sales and vehicle thefts.
Since then, according to Duncan, crime significantly dropped. Duncan says that movement is called Operation Quiet Summer, based on High Point, N. C. police's crime reduction model. It's intended to be a talking point amongst the teens and their parents and reduce crime in the city, says Duncan.
"The types of behaviors that we are asking for our community members to signal to use that it's unacceptable," said Duncan.
Months later, the movement expanded from police and Doverdale to other areas in Salisbury. Then on October 4th, church leaders hopped on board as an open discussion about violence.
Seven days later, DDE's "Jungle" was uploaded to YouTube.
"Anytime there are threats made kicking in doors and some of the verbiage that is expressed, that kind of violent language and the gun in there with it, whether it's real or not real matters not, when it comes down to it," Remedy Church pastor Ryan Weaver said.
Weaver says he helped bring leaders together to spark the proactive discussion.
"We really hope that the organizations around will stand with these parents and even stand with the students, the older kids and get involved with their lives and say how can we help," said Weaver.
Weaver says the next time clergymen plan to meet to hear about the issues of the video and violence in Salisbury is November 7th.
As for the investigation, Chief Duncan says her team learned the guns were apparently purchased from Walmart. But after speaking with Walmart officials, the police chief says the national chain doesn't carry any of those weapons.
If the weapons are found to be real, Duncan says charges may follow.