Downtown residents ask for stronger police presence on Riverside Drive

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With the permanent reopening of Riverside Drive this past weekend people who live downtown are asking for increased presence from Memphis Police.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association’s biggest concerns are dangerous driving and violence on Riverside.

Memphis Police have confirmed more patrols will happen in the area to maintain safety.

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Even before the pandemic began, Riverside Drive is where people could be seen doing some dangerous driving with burnouts and donuts in the middle of the street.

Last week a gunman shot a 13-year-old girl while she rode a scooter on Riverside Drive.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association president says keeping the downtown area safe is the main objective.

The neighborhood association also added in a statement they will continue to work with the City of Memphis, Downtown Memphis Commission, and other downtown stakeholders to ensure we come up with common sense, equitable solutions for safety.