SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) -Just as the sun was coming up on Saturday morning, people began paying honor to Sgt. Ansari. The group, League of Brawn, showed up at the Campbell and Sons Funeral Home early to show their support for the sergeant. The group says last Saturday’s incident is an example of why they formed a group to prevent such tragedies.
Justin West is one of the members of the League of Brawn, a mens group formed out of First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, aiming to help men in the community dealing with various issues.
“When we came up with the League of Brawn, the idea was for me to go out and grow men. And the actions of what happened is an example of a complete reflection of men not growing men,” West said.
West and several other members of the group showed up to the funeral home Saturday to honor Sgt. Ansari.
“I was saddened. I was sick to my stomach. I was really disappointed. Again, another senseless act in our community,” he said.
West says he’s disappointed that someone would take the life of another. He says a lot of the violence throughout the City of Savannah could be prevented if people would just start talking to each other. West says last Saturday’s shooting may have involved several people, but it impacted a lot more.
“Families are impacted, children without fathers, wives without husbands, mothers without sons, and it’s not just a fallen officer. Even the person that committed the crime, it’s impacted his family too,” he said.
The League of Brawn members say they want to get more men involved with their mission of helping other men throughout the community. With the love shown over the last week for Sgt. Ansari, his family, and the Savannah Police Department, West only hopes that love will continue.
“Let me tell you what I would love more. To see the same actions from this week when there isn’t a tragedy. That is when we will be moving in the right direction.”
Those wishing to learn more about the League of Brawn can attend their next wedding. The group will meet at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1.