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Richmond Councilwomen Host "Sister to Sister" to Address Recent Crimes

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Councilwomen Reva Trammell and Michelle Mosby held a joint community meeting with the city's police chief Tuesday night to discuss recent crimes in Richmond. Councilwomen Reva Trammell and Michelle Mosby held a joint community meeting with the city's police chief Tuesday night to discuss recent crimes in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Two Richmond City Council Members held a joint community meeting with the city's police chief Tuesday night to discuss Richmond's recent crime.

Councilwomen Reva Trammell and Michelle Mosby hosted the "Sister to Sister - Taking Time to Fight the Crime" event on Richmond's southside.

Over 100 concerned people attended to voice concerns about recent violence in the city.

"We need to get it stopped," says resident Connie Butler.  "I can not go out at nighttime no more."

Police can't do it by themselves," says resident Nasir White.  "They can't do it by themselves at all so we need the community and everybody's eyes and ears to report things."

Councilwoman Mosby stressed that everyone needs to play a part to help solve crime.

"Babies are dying and they're dying because people are killing them in the street," she says. "Something has to happen and we have got to work together to get a solution."

That solution, according to Delegate Joe Morrissey who attended the meeting, means focusing on other things.  He says the city needs to step up and take care of blighted property.

"You get a blighted home," he says. "The next thing you have is a crack house in it and then you got a public nuisance."

Many at the meeting were surprised Mayor Dwight Jones wasn't there as they had questions for the city's top leader.

"I think the mayor should get off his butt and do something cause he ain't been doing nothing for the city," says resident Ada Southall.

Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic says he plans to hold a community day on the southside in July and promises his officers are working around the clock to prevent future violence.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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