Homicides were a big topic of discussion at Cleveland City Council, Monday.
Officials say Cleveland has seen 10 homicides in the first 25 days of January.
Last year at the same time, there were only three. In 2014, eight people had died by homicide in the first 25 days.
Councilman Zack Reed presented a plan to deal with these types of deaths in the community.
Reed wants to use $250,000 to fund an organization known as the Peacemakers. It’s a grassroots group which includes the “violence interrupters.”
The interrupters are former gang members who now work in the community to stop violence before it gets out of control.
Reed says approximately 65 percent of all homicides are retaliatory, and therefore, the group could continue to “interrupt” violence when it’s work in reaction to violence.
Putting dash cameras in all police cars and body cameras on all officers is also part of the plan. In a rather unorthodox move, Reed wants to install surveillance cameras in all city neighborhoods.
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