Curbing the crime: Cleveland councilman demanding change

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CLEVELAND, OH – Councilman Jeff Johnson is fed up with the crime in Cleveland.

This week alone has been especially violent.

On Tuesday, two teenage boys were hurt in a drive-by shooting on the east side.

Then on Friday, a five-year-old boy was killed in another drive-by shooting. Police said he was playing outside when it happened.

"Too many of our leaders in both corporate Cleveland and at city hall are in denial,” said Johnson. “They don't understand the level of the bloodshed and it takes a five-year-old's death to wake up some of them, but I'm questioning whether that will be sustained enough for us to take the action we need to take."

Johnson represents Ward 10, where the two teens were shot. He said that’s just one of many shootings reported recently.

"We just had another individual shot at on 93rd and Yale,” he said.

He said the city needs to do more to curb the crime. Although, he admits that’s easier said than done.

"Until we realize that Cleveland is the neighborhoods as much as it is downtown, that we have to invest as much in the neighborhoods -- economic development and jobs and deal with intervention models, being able to do recidivism programs for those who come back from prison. All that is complicated,” he said. “We're smart enough; it requires our efforts to get it done, but I believe too many of our leaders are in denial."

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