CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed is asking for more money to pay for more police.
Reed touched on several statistics at Monday night's council meeting. He said there have been 85 murders in the city in 2015. Those include 43 murders in just the past three months.
Reed told fellow council members that police could do a better job preventing crime and fighting criminals with more money.
He talked about a $19 million rainy day fund in the latest city budget and said it's time to set some of it aside for police.
"It is literally raining blood as we sit here right now," Reed said. "I am asking that this body and this administration take $1 million, give it to the police department for overtime because the biggest problem is we're not catching these thugs and hoodlums and terrorists."
Reed said the $1 million would pay for overtime and keep more police officers on the street.