Cleveland residents call for more officers on streets after violence

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CLEVELAND -- Residents in the city's Fourth District are pleading with the city for more police officers on the streets.

Several of those living there, as well as two city councilmen held a press conference Monday to address the violence.

Councilman Zack Reed said there were three murders in his ward this past weekend.

"It's unacceptable," Reed said. "We have had 51 murders so far this year. That's like one a week."

Councilman Jeff Johnson agreed, saying the city needs more homicide detectives and more officers in the neighborhoods.

One woman who lives in the neighborhood says she just buried her baby's father last week, and lived down the street from the scene of Sunday's double homicide.

She says she is scared and wants to move.

"These people shouldn't have to move," Johnson said.

A city spokeswoman says the police department has instituted several programs that are working to reduce violence and get guns off the street.

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