The City of Cleveland has 116 homicides and is on pace to record its biggest deadly figure in years.
Felonious assaults and gun crimes are up in many parts of the city.
But City Council’s Safety Committee spurned a proposal by Council members Zack Reed, Kevin Conwell , Mike Polensek and Jeff Johnson to tap $1 million from the city’s $19 million Rainy Day fund to use for police overtime to curb the violence.
Mayor Frank Jackson’s team and critical council leaders characterized the Reed-initiated plan as a feel-good, quick-fix that lacked details and would not do much..
Council President Kevin Kelley called it a “hollow act to make us feel” like we are doing something.
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