DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — After two people were shot within the first few days of the new year, one city’s mayor says something has to change.
Community leaders are planning an event at the end of the month. Wednesday, Decatur’s mayor said more is being done. Doctor Janelle Normal with the NAACP will be creating a blue ribbon task force. The hope is that they can come up with ideas to end violence. However, Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe also says they cannot do it alone. “People standing up and taking some ownership. When you have guns in our house you better be careful with them. Make sure they’re locked up and they don’t get in the wrong hands. If you see a crime or have information about a crime, you need to tell us because we will never solve this on our own. we need the support of the community in fighting back.”
The meeting is on January 31 at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be school district and city leaders meeting with the public. The goal is to start a conversation about how to deter young people from getting involved in crime.