In-Depth: Cleveland mayoral candidates respond to July 4 weekend gun violence surge

In-Depth: Cleveland mayoral candidates respond to July 4 weekend gun violence surge

CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s seven candidates for mayor reacted to the gun violence that police say left 17 people shot in 14 separate shootings over the July 4 weekend. Cleveland City Council president and mayoral candidate Kevin Kelley acknowledged the growing problem of gun violence and said a three pillar approach is needed to combat the problem. Kelley said his three pillar safety plan includes more tools for police, what he called real community policing and better trauma intervention for inner city youth. “Better community intervention, better community policing and getting to the root cause of the issue, which is retaliatory violence," Kelley said. "It’s the environment that kids are growing up in, witnessing the violence.” Cleveland non-profit executive and mayoral candidate Justin Bibb said his approach to slowing gun violence would include improving the economic environment in the neighborhoods most impacted. “I think it starts with more investments in mental health and more investments in good quality jobs in our neighborhoods to give people hope." Bibb said. Cleveland attorney and mayoral candidate Ross DiBello agreed the gun violence problem is connected to a lack of investment in Cleveland neighborhoods. "Crime is a socioeconomic problem," DiBello said. "Many neighborhoods throughout the city have been subject to divestment, leading to a broken economy with vacant storefronts and not enough opportunities." Former Congressman, former Cleveland mayor and 2021 mayoral candidate Dennis Kucinich said a much greater number of police are needed on the streets to truly combat the gun violence issue. “We […]

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