Some Belle Glade residents skeptical about renewed effort to curb violence

BELLE GLADE, Fla. -- Two days after Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw called the brazen shooting of two deputies a game changer, some Belle Glade residents told WPTV NewsChannel 5 that nothing would change -- despite a renewed promise from the Sheriff's Office to curb the violence.

"He was elected to take care of all of this. It just can't be the people changing. He has to change it, too," a Belle Glade resident who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution said. "I guess he's using it to, I guess, have us think it's a game changer. It's not a game changer."

The shooting, which happened near the Palm Glades apartments, was the latest act of violence in the area.

Since October, the Sheriff's Office said its deputies had responded to more than 19 reports of domestic violence, 12 reports of aggravated assault and four reports of gunfire.

Another resident who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution said nothing would change unless another Sheriff's Office deputy was shot at.

"You have to speak up and a voice has to be heard some kind of way," the resident said. "[The Sheriff] needs to come here, have a meeting and talk with the community to try to get something solved."

On Monday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office declined a request from WPTV NewsChannel 5 to explain what additional steps would be taken to address the violence.

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