North Side Partnership Project holds meeting to discuss recent violence

At a meeting Friday night on the North Side, the talk was all about taking action to combat a recent rise in violence, specifically with fatal shootings.

“People to think that they have a right to take some one else’s life they’ve got to learn a lot. They’re thinking all wrong. Something has to change,” Judy Bendtsen of Brighton Heights said.

The need for change is why she and others gathered for the community solutions meeting hosted by the North Side Partnership Project.

Their motto, neighbors protect neighbors, and if you see something, say something.

“People have gotten afraid of being called a snitch so that forces them not to interact with law enforcement like they normally would,” said English Burton of the North Side Partnership Project.

That’s something that immediately needs to change, according to organizers and the police who said they need the community to share information with them to solve crimes.

The other focus is keeping a close eye on children and teenagers.

The plan is to set up educational programs and activities for them and for their parents.

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