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Former officer shot by gangster leads charge against gang violence

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After 18 major surgeries, Jimmy Anthony is working to curb gang violence. After 18 major surgeries, Jimmy Anthony is working to curb gang violence.
BATESVILLE, MS -

(WMC-TV) - A former Batesville police officer, shot by a teenage gangster almost 20 years ago, is helping to lead the charge against gang violence in North Mississippi.

Several recent shootings in Panola and neighboring counties have been blamed on an increase in gang activity.

After 18 major surgeries, Jimmy Anthony is working to curb gang violence.

"They have a network, and that's why it's important for us to build ours," he said.

Anthony has been through several years of training and is volunteering his knowledge with the sheriff's office after recent shootings in Batesville and Clarksdale that appear to be gang related.

"Operating right now in Panola County, there is approximately 500 people that I know are gang members," said Anthony.

Through gang tattoos, associations with known members, social media, and self admission, Anthony is helping to build a network of gangsters that investigators and prosecutors can use in court.

Anthony said the gang problems stretch well beyond Panola County.

"If they're going to do a shooting in Panola County, they're going to send someone from a different county. They're harder to identify, easier to get in and out of town," said Anthony.

Anthony says it is the young kids trying to impress veteran gangsters that are creating dangerous situations. He wants other agencies to get involved now to keep kids from taking shots like the one that hit him almost two decades ago.

"I want this to stop because there's no sense in a 14- or 15-year-old young man to throw the rest of his life away," said Anthony.

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