CLEVELAND — Early Tuesday morning, Cleveland police responded to their 100th suspected homicide for the year, so the FOX 8 I-TEAM investigated what’s really going on with crime-fighting efforts. We wanted to find out what’s going on in city hall, in the streets and in the churches.
One woman told us she complained weeks ago about dangerous crowds on the same street where last Thursday a baby just got shot and killed. The I TEAM saw a document showing, in fact, she did reach out to city council members. She also told us she had spoken to police officials, and she had been told the area would be given special attention. Yet, last week a child got shot and killed there.
The woman told FOX 8 a man told her, “B—-, this is my street, and I own it.” She added, “It’s a known problem. With that being said, It has to be more than just special attention.”
Meantime, Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed is frustrated with the pace of how things are moving with his legislation to allot an extra million dollars for police overtime. He says his plan would provide for more police enforcement.
Reed said, “In just 3 weeks, they passed legislation to add more horses to our mounted unit, but in two weeks, a piece of legislation that would put more police on the streets is not even up in our box for debate.”
The council president told the I TEAM, Reed’s bill is undergoing a standard review before getting assigned to a committee. And Kevin Kelley points out, the police department still has money in the budget for more overtime.
And what about the streets? We heard a call for rallies and more after the shooting of the baby. The Mt. Pleasant Ministerial Alliance says it is putting the finishing touches on significant plans for this weekend. The group says it could target a lot right away and still not get to the heart of the problem. So the organization is trying to gear up with plans that will make a difference.