Community leaders, business members looking for solutions to Louisville's violent crime wave
West Louisville community and business leaders have called for an emergency meeting after a violent weekend that left four people dead.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- West Louisville community and business leaders have called for an emergency meeting after a violent weekend that left four people dead.
That brings the total number of murders for the year to 113. It's frustrating for the community as well as police.
West Louisville business owners, ministers and community leaders met Monday morning to announce an emergency meeting planned for Tuesday evening. They say they need help from anyone with ideas or solutions about how to prevent violence.
Community members say Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief, Steve Conrad, are invited Tuesday's meeting, but admit that violent crime is a community problem, and city officials can't be expected to fix it by themselves.
The group "Brothers Helping Brothers" is already doing some things to keep young people off the streets. The group holds job fairs and hosts a "conflict resolution hotline" where volunteers talk people through problems to prevent them from escalating into violence.
Local faith leaders say they still need more ideas and help, and that's what tomorrow's meeting is all about.
"We are under no disillusion that we have a magic wand that we can wave over the city and save everybody, said Jerald Muhammad a local minister. "But what if we just saved one life per month? We could have prevented Louisville from having a record murder rate if we would have just saved one person a month."
If you think you have ideas and would like to contribute, west Louisville community leaders are looking for 10 concrete solutions. You can weigh in Tuesday night at 7 o'clock at King Solomon Baptist Church at 1620 Anderson Street.
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