Memphis mayor calling on county, state leaders to do more about violent crime

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Violence amongst teens has been fully on display across Memphis the past few days.

One teen is dead, while three others are recovering after getting shot on Monday.

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The violence has many asking what the city is doing to reduce crime?

Mayor Jim Strickland claims he and his team are doing their part to reduce crime, but the parents, the county and the state could step up to help as well.

“The state, what are they doing about crime?” Strickland said. “The county, what are they doing about crime? Because it takes more than one group to do something about crime.”

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Over the course of two days, a 16-year-old boy was gunned down at a funeral procession for another young man and three other teens were shot on Monday.

“There’s more to these stories about these horrific acts that will come out over time,” the mayor said.

While police continue their investigation into these cases, Strickland said he is doing what he can to curb the violence.

“We’re doing violence interruptions,” Strickland said. “We have 25 out in the community right now and we’re hiring another 25.”

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These interrupters are already in the community and have been since July. They offer young people help with housing, job training, jobs, and more.

However, he said, it may take until July before we see a strong reduction.

“Oakland, California successfully used that violence interruption pre-pandemic by about 50%,” Strickland said.

The mayor claims others need to be held accountable for the violence, like the state, county, and parents in the community.

“The criminal justice system is not working,” he said. “It’s a revolving door at 201- Poplar, the state is not doing anything. Juvenile court is even worse. The county is not doing anything.”

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The mayor said parents must step up and stop their kids from committing crimes.

If you don’t know where to turn, the mayor said there are resources.

Just call 211 and a representative will point you in the right direction.

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