Cleveland’s 2016 homicide body count is already at 125, 5 more than last year.
Many of those victims are Cleveland youth.
Many are retaliatory killings.
Tuesday, Mayor Frank Jackson rolled out specifics of his ambitious new youth violence prevention program .
The program attacks the problem on many different fronts, aiming to prevent or at least curb such killings.
One of the mayor’s remarks struck many as a first volley in a possible Cleveland mayor’s race.
“This is the time to put our resources and efforts where our mouth has been for some time…Some mouths are bigger than others,” he said.
That sounded to many like a put-down of Councilman Zack Reed, a possible mayoral challenger, who has been outspoken about youth and community violence for years, holding annual events to discuss possible solutions.
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