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Neighbors in Raleigh say they're fed up with crime

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Some people in Raleigh say they're fed up with all of the crime in the area. Now, they're taking action to bring change.

The Raleigh-North Memphis Crime Task Force hosted its first-ever town hall meeting on Thursday at the Breath of Life Christian Center.

The purpose of the meeting was to gather input from community members and recommendations on how to combat crime in the area. The information gathered at the event will help the task force come up with a strategic plan to address what some call an ongoing problem in the area.

Lexie Carter has called Raleigh home for the past 20 years.

Carter said, “It's a sad situation because we love our home here, but our neighborhood is just getting too dangerous.”

She lives just a few streets over from Homewood Drive where police say a man barricaded himself in his home for hours with a gun just last week.

She's also not too far from James and Highland where two people were shot last month. A man was also shot dead outside the convenience store in Raleigh where he worked back in January.

“It's only a matter of time, like the incident the other day, until you become a victim or someone close to you is victimized,” said Carter.

Though Lexie Carter says she plans to move, she's taking part in Thursday's town hall meeting that's aimed at putting a dent in crime in the Raleigh – North Memphis area.

State representative Antonio Parkinson helped organize the meeting.

“I live in the Raleigh area, and I'm not going anywhere and I'd rather see the area safe and good for families to live here and raise their children,” said Parkinson.

Some of the people invited to attend the meeting included Congressman Steve Cohen, U.S. Attorney General Ed Stanton, District Attorney General Amy Weirich, Mayor A C Wharton, Mayor Mark Luttrell, Morrison Councilman Berlin Boyd, County Commissioner Willie Brooks, SCS Board Commissioner Stephanie Love, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, and several state legislators and clergy members.

The Crime Task Force will have regular meetings. If you would like to get involved, contact Tennessee State Representative Anthony Parkinson's office at 901-379-9101.

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