Memphis mayor takes to social media addressing city’s violence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As the bloodshed on Memphis streets continues, there is more pain for victims and their families.

There is a new reaction from the city’s mayor and a plan of action to attack it.

Unveiling what he calls a multi-point plan for tackling city gun violence, Mayor Jim Strickland, this weekend took to Facebook to share his plans on how to combat it.

Since July 11, police have responded to at least eight different shooting incidents in which at least 11 people were shot including a 7-year-old girl on Sharpe Ave. near Orange Mound.

The girl was shot in the leg, police said.

Three of the shootings were fatal.

“Together we can make a difference,” Strickland said in a nearly ten-minute video posted to his Facebook page. “My parts of the plan can be summarized in five main points.”

His plan, he said, called for continuing to add to police ranks by filling open positions in the department.

On Thursday, Memphis police said 48 recruits graduated from a basic recruit class and “will be getting to the streets of Memphis.”

Investing in summer jobs and economic opportunities are also points of Strickland’s plan while putting criminals behind bars is another, he said.

“We should prosecute violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law,” Strickland said.

Weeks ago, city council approved $2 million for Strickland’s intervention program meant to work with troubled youth.

So far, 35 ‘interrupters’ have been hired, but the administration is still deciding how much of $80 million dollars of federal COVID-19 relief funds, currently on hand, to put toward it.

“This program brings all the necessary groups together to fight crime using the evidence-based practices of intervention and focused deterrence,” Strickland said.

Proactive solutions include mentoring through the Memphis Grizzlies “MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies” program.

Strickland also talked about improving education, pointing to towardarise2read.org and teamread.org.