The alarming rise in black on black crime has caused Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt to appeal to the community for help.
Chief Hurtt told 2 on the Beat Tuesday that he wants local schools, churches and businesses to unite with him to find a way to stop the increase in the number of black men killing each other.
His appeal came on the same day that Houston Ministers Against Crime called on local elected leaders to form a committee to study the violence and identify ways to stop it.
While the Chief is cool to that idea, he did tell me that he has directed his staff to start searching for federal grants.
He says that grant money would allow the police department to partner with faith based community groups, so they can together work on reducing the black on black crime problem.