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Police asking for better cooperation from victims of crime

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

There's something preventing police from cracking down on dangerous criminals, and investigators are so fed up they're speaking out and asking for a change.

It's not the bad guys that are preventing police from solving crimes. In many cases, police say, it's the victims and what they're doing that puts entire communities at risk.

In north Nashville alone, an astounding 62 percent of shooting victims refuse to prosecute. Some are either involved in illegal activity themselves or they're afraid of retaliation.

It ends up costing investigators money and time.

"We could have gone ahead and taken somebody off the street much faster before victimizing someone else," said Metro police Cmdr. Terrence Graves of the North Precinct.

The inaction could be putting others at risk.

"If you have a person that's willing to shoot one person, well, he may be willing to shoot another and another. And, if no one will ever prosecute him, how many people will he hurt? How many lives will he or she affect?" Graves asked.

Even if you've never been involved in any sort of crime, this, police say, affects you and your family.

"You could get hit by a stray bullet. You could be a law-abiding citizen going about your daily life and some shots are fired a half mile away and you get hit by one," Graves said.

Graves is fed up and issuing a plea.

"We would like to see more cooperation," he said. "By helping to apprehend folks like this, it's going to make this city a much better place for everyone."

Police say oftentimes they'll have enough evidence to prosecute without help from victims, but when they do have help from victims, they can make stronger cases, get stiffer sentences and, in turn, keep dangerous criminals off the streets for longer periods of time.

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