Ohio gun reform will also save police officers’ lives: Eric Foster

Ohio gun reform will also save police officers' lives: Eric Foster

Family, friends, and colleagues of Cleveland Detective James Skernivitz gathered at the A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Home in Middleburg Heights, Ohio on Friday morning, Sept. 11, 2020 before heading to the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland for Skernivitz’s funeral. Skernivitz was killed on Sept. 3 while working undercover in Cleveland. In this photo, officers salute as Skernivitz’s casket is loaded into the hearse. In a column today, Eric Foster writes that rising police casualties, in Cleveland and elsewhere, help highlight the need for gun control. (David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com)David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com CLEVELAND — Gun violence is on the rise in Cleveland. Through June 7, there were 60 homicides in Cleveland. At the same point in time last year, there were 39 homicides. During the July Fourth holiday weekend, 20 people were shot . During the same weekend last year, 10 people were shot . On Sept. 3, the Cleveland Division of Police met with City Council members to discuss an increase in violent crime, during a safety committee meeting. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams reported to the Cleveland City Council that shootings were up in the city, but felonious assaults were at the same level as the last five years. He partly attributed the increase to the proliferation of guns . That very evening, Cleveland Police Det. James Skernivitz was sitting in an unmarked police car during an undercover drug investigation. Three people walked up to the car and opened fire. A bullet hit Skernivitz in the chest. Such […]

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