Cincinnati mayor holds neighborhood meeting on violence Wednesday

Cincinnati mayor holds neighborhood meeting on violence Wednesday

EVANSTON, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is holding the third in a series of neighborhood meetings 4 p.m. Wednesday at The Village (Old Hoffman School), 3600 Durrell Ave.

Cranley also is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday with West Side residents at Price Hill Recreation Center, 959 Hawthorne Ave.

The mayor and other city leaders are concerned over the spike in violence this year, particularly a 10-year-high in shootings.

Earlier this summer, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell unveiled his plan to reduce violence in 90 days.

But it was delayed over the agency's first in-the-line of duty death in 15 years when Officer Sonny Kim was gunned down June 19 in what Blackwell has described as a suicide-by-cop ambush.

Then the plan was revamped before it was finally launched a few weeks later. Controversial aspects of it were removed such as having churches and then the city's recreation centers serve as teen curfew centers.

Also, the police union objected to assigning officers to pools and parks and a one-day staffing surge each week.

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