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Cleveland City Council urging city to hire more police to stop violence

Councilman Zack Reed has been leading the charge for ending violence in Cleveland. (Source: WOIO) Councilman Zack Reed has been leading the charge for ending violence in Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)

Cleveland Police were on the scene of a shooting Monday afternoon near East 38th Street and Longwood Avenue. Gun violence in broad daylight. 

"We are clearly on our way to having 100 homicides in this city," said Councilman Zack Reed. 

Just a couple of hours later, Councilman Reed was speaking out at a City Council meeting, expressing concern that Cleveland could see 100 homicides this year.
     
Reed is calling for 200 additional police officers in next year's budget. He cited the city of Camden, New Jersey, poor and crime ridden, where he says the investment in law enforcement officers there paid off.

"And a year later with 200 new police officers on the street with the advent of cameras, police officers walking the beat, police officers riding bikes and police officers interacting with the citizens of Camden, N.J., they have reduced their homicides by 51percent. And they reduced their violent crime by 21percent," Reed said. 

As police work another crime scene in Cleveland, Reed says the city needs to find the money for more police.

"We get the money to redo Public Square. We get $10 million to build a bridge to the lakefront. We find a million dollars for a chandelier. We find money for a scoreboard at the Browns' stadium," Reed stressed. 

There have been more than 70 homicides in Cleveland so far this year, and that's more than there were at this time last year. 

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