Community Activists Say CLT City Council Is All Talk & No Action When It Comes To Crime Reduction
CHARLOTTE, NC. — Gemini Boyd with Project Bolt and Will Adams with Team TruBlue say when it comes to crime reduction, City leaders are all talk and no action.
“You can say you want to collaborate, you want to collaborate you want to, you want to. When are you going to? We come in here the same thing we just heard last month, couple months ago,” says Adams.
Monday night, Council members said they’re moving forward with their evidence-based approach in curbing violent crime. Meaning, scientifically tested methods proven to be effective. This comes after a violent 2019 with 107 homicides. There have been 14 homicides so far this year.
“This weekend wasn’t one of our best. It just seems like maybe we closed out the year and we all kind of started over a new recount, and not really with the urgency that we were feeling,” says Mayor Vi Lyles.
Data from CMPD crime analysis was presented to council Monday during a strategy meeting. It shows 8% of violent crime happens in two square miles of our city. Mostly in four specific areas:
-I-85 and Sugar Creek Road.
-Beatties Ford Road and LaSalle Street.
-Nations Ford and Arrowood Roads.
-Central Ave. and Sharon Amity Road.
City Manager Marcus Jones says each area will have its own committee. Adding the county manager, Chief Kerr Putney and Sheriff Garry McFadden are all collaborating.
“But also making sure that all the grassroots organizations have a voice also,” says Jones.
Community activists say city leaders need to work with them now.
“You can’t bring me along expecting me to help you transform individuals who already don’t have no belief in them whatsoever,” says Boyd.