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Reed, Johnson say Cleveland needs to address growing number of killings
Reed acknowledges he doesn't have a solution, but says the status quo can't hold

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M.L. Schultze
Reed says the city suffers overall for the violence in neighborhoods.
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With three deaths this weekend, the number of homicides in Cleveland has now topped 50. As WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, two city council members are calling for a summit to explore solutions.

Councilmembers Zack Reed and Jeff Johnson stood at the corner of East 123rd Street and Lenacrave Avenue, near where two of the three people were shot this weekend. And all three deaths were in Reed’s Second Ward.

But Reed says the violence extends well beyond the ward boundaries.

“Look at what happened on the west side a few weeks ago. Young people had to move their baseball game from a park because the violence had gotten too bad. I don’t know what solutions are out there (but) I can tell you the status quo is unacceptable.”

Reed has criticized the priorities of Mayor’s Jackson’s administration for its focus on downtown projects, saying that comes at the expense of neighborhood priorities.

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