Officials Tackle Downtown Crime

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CLEVELAND, OH -- Cleveland City Council members are asking hard questions after two shootings occurred downtown last weekend.Councilman Joe Cimperman is especially concerned, since both incidents happened in Ward 3, which is his district.According to police, a fight broke out inside the nightclub “Lounge 75” located near Public Square in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22.

The altercation then spilled out onto the street and several shots were fired, killing Demario Warren, 23, of Cleveland.

The next day, early Sunday morning, a Cleveland patrolman was stopping a man who was driving the wrong way near West 6th and Saint Clair. A confrontation erupted, which lead to the officer shooting the man. The man was injured, but will recover.

Mr. Cimperman said the issues are separate, but still disheartening.

“We’re going to figure out exactly what happened. We are beginning to understand that and we’re going to address the law and make sure we mitigate whatever it is that occurred, that it doesn’t happen again,” said Cimperman.

He said a similar approach has been employed in other districts downtown when there were issues with safety, fights and even shootings.

Cimperman said they went after bar owners and people responsible for the crimes and now have created a much safer environment.

According to Cimperman, council will be considering a number of actions to improve the area near Public Square. Any numbers of options are on the table, including, but not limited to, revoking the liquor license of any irresponsible business owner that is contributing to the problems.

“We are committed to an environment where people feel safe. We are committed to an environment where people can bring everyone they know downtown and love downtown,” said Cimperman. “We are going to continue to enforce a level of safety where you can have fun.”

The shootings and other safety concerns will be discussed at the next regularly scheduled city council meeting on July 10.

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