Peace walk comes to California neighborhood - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Peace walk comes to California neighborhood

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- They hit the streets for peace in a neighborhood known for crime. 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief Steve Conrad teamed up on a "peace walk" in the California neighborhood. 

People that grew up in the California neighborhood say that they still are proud of their roots. They felt this peace walk was first step to a comeback. 

"This is our neighborhood," Raymond Bell said.

Bell spent his childhood growing up on the same streets that this group went up and down and door to door.

"I am proud of my old neighborhood, it's got character."

Bell still has his pride for the place he calls home, but he realizes the area has its problems. Numbers from the LMPD crime map service back it up. 

Two-hundred-fifty-three assaults have been reported in the California neighborhood in the last three months to go along with 113 burglaries and three homicides.

"The major thing that I would like to see changed is take these guns off the streets," Bell said. 

"We have great people that live here that call this neighborhood their home," LMPD chief Steve Conrad said. "We want to do what we can to try and address all of those problems." 

Chief Conrad was joined by Mayor Fischer on Tuesday's peace walk, where they spent time meeting people who live in the neighborhood. 

While change in the California neighborhood may take time, they are willing to take it one step at a time. 

"It has never been more important for police community relations to be strong and for there to be two-way trust," Mayor Fischer said. 

This was the fourth peace walk sponsored by members of Metro Council and LMPD. They have other walks planned going forward in similar neighborhoods across Louisville. 

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