Government officials and community members hold meetings at MLK High School to discuss the gun violence crisis in Philadelphia – CBS Philly



PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Eyewitness News learned that the Philadelphia School District plans to pay parishioners to protect children on their way to and from school while the gun crisis continues. Both young and old weighed in on Thursday night and offered their own solutions, including the police commissioner and public prosecutor.

It was a full house on Thursday evening when parishioners gathered to help resolve the gun violence crisis that has ravaged the city. It was a call to action that received dozens of responses.

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“We said come tonight for solutions,” said Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. “Solutions and this room is full.”

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey organized the public safety meeting that was held Thursday night at MLK High School.

From the outlaw to district attorney Larry Krasner, Kinsey says every level of government was there to hear from residents.

“We need to get back to community policing and police officers need to be accountable to the community,” said one man.

The meeting comes just hours after the Philadelphia School District Security Plan to curb violence in the corridors was in place.

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“There was a shooting near a school my friend is attending and I was concerned about her safety,” said Jhadae Sterling, a student at Parkway Northwest High School. “She wrote, ‘If something happens to you, I love you’ and I was really scared and just thought it had to stop.”

The plan is intended to help and provides for increasing the police presence in high-risk areas with high crime rates at the beginning and at the end of the school day and using trained civilians for work in the school area.

“I agree with the idea of ​​going on patrol, but I’m not entirely sure if it should happen to the police,” said another young girl. “I think it should be with people who are already part of the community.”

Joe Budd agrees. He’s with Germantown’s Men Who Care and came to that meeting with a solution that he says has already worked.

“The goal is to build relationships and then we can bring in resources,” said Budd.

Government officials and community members organize a meeting at MLK High School to discuss the gun violence crisis in Philadelphia

While there will be no immediate solutions, the aim of the meeting was to maintain an ongoing dialogue between residents and elected officials.

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So far this year there have been more than 430 homicides.



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