MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Community leaders and residents react to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s Facebook post addressing the city’s violence.
This weekend, Mayor Strickland unveiled his multi-point plan. It includes summer jobs for teens and rebuilding the Memphis Police Department.
The main questions people ask are, will the plan work, and where will the city get the funding for long-term solutions?
In his 10-minute video, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland discusses his plan to solve crime in the Bluff City. Strickland discussed five solutions.
- Rebuilding the Memphis Police Department
- Impacting the lives of more young people
- Reducing recidivism
- Increasing economic opportunity
- Punishing violent offenders
“That seems like a rerun of what he was running on, what he said when he was trying to solve the crime. It just got worse,” said Memphis resident Bill Edmondson.
Edmondson says he’s afraid to walk his dog because he hears gunshots constantly.
Councilman Martavius Jones says although he thinks Mayor Strickland has good ideas, fiscal health matters.
“The council this year, we turned down the opportunity to raise revenue so that when the federal money for these types of projects run out, how are we then going to fund it?” Jones asked.
So far, there have been 143 murders this year. That’s up from this time last year. Some community leaders believe the new Group Violence Intervention Program will curb violence by 10 percent and save dozens of lives.
Council already approved two million dollars for that GVIP program that targets troubled youth.
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