Calling For A City-wide Ceasefire After A Weekend Of Deadly Violence

Aug 18, 2020

In a span of just a few hours 18 people were shot, and four of them died in the early morning hours Sunday in Cincinnati. Cincinnati is now on pace to see more than 100 homicides in 2020. City leaders are calling for an end to the senseless violence. Councilmember Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney said we need to address the root causes of violence.

"There is no magic cure," she said. "Extreme reactions like doubling the police presence or conversely, keeping the police out of communities, are not the answers. The problem of community violence requires us to pull together all resources to implement reasoned and reasonable multi-faceted solutions."

Tuesday night faith leaders and other members of the community are gathering to call for a city-wide ceasefire in Grant Park, the site of one of the deadly shootings. They also intend to put forth their plan to address gun violence on the steps of Cincinnati City Hall, Friday at 3 p.m.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss this weekend's deadly violence are Cincinnati City Councilmembers Jan-Michelle Kearney and Greg Landsman; New Beginnings of the Living God Pastor and Faith and Community Alliance President Reverend Ennis Tait; and William Franklin whose son, 14-year-old Cameron Franklin was shot and killed last summer in lower Price Hill.

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