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Covington mayor talks about gang crime for first time

(WMC-TV) – For the first time since two recent murders in Covington, the city's mayor is going on record about the gang problem there.

"I think we have gangs, but to the extent they're causing the problems we're dealing with, I don't know the answer to that question at this point," says Mayor Dr. David Gordon.

Covington's mayor expresses his concern over the recent murders.

"Anytime there's a loss of life in Covington, it saddens us, we feel for the people who've lost lives," Gordon continues.

In the past week, Gordon and others have been walking city streets, listening to residents' concerns, and trying to get to the bottom of the problem.

Within two weeks, 29-year-old Orlandus Cobbins and 23 year-old Chris Somerville were killed.

Many are questioning whether their deaths were gang related.

"This is not the community you want to live in, not the neighborhoods you want citizens to live in, we want them to be safe, let children play in their front yards," Gordon says.

Gordon says police have enacted a zero tolerance policy.

They'll be out on the streets, in high crime areas, during high crime times looking for everything from traffic violations to loud music and more serious violations.

"We're gonna do everything we can to prevent another homicide and make life better for everyone in our community," adds Gordon.

There's also a new number for Covington residents to call when they have a crime concern.

It rings directly to a police shift commander on duty, making it easier to interact directly with officers on patrol.

That number is 901-201-7573.

On Monday night, there's a public meeting about the gang problem in Covington.

Investigators will meet with students at 4PM Monday and then with parents starting at 5:30.

Both meetings will be held at the Covington High School gym.

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