Task force tackles crime in Memphis neighborhoods

Task force tackles crime in Memphis neighborhoods

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Community leaders are stepping up to fight crime in Memphis neighborhoods.

Memphis Councilman Berlin Boyd of District 7 will kick off the Not in My Neighborhood Task Force, aimed at reducing crime in Raleigh, Frayser, and north Memphis.

Sixty-eight days into 2016 and more than 40 people have been killed in Memphis.

Many of those homicides happened in the Frayser and Raleigh areas. Now, a new task force is hoping to put a stop to crime in the area.

"It's really hurtful," Christine Hampton said. "It's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him.

Hampton's son was killed in 2012. He was only 19 years old. Hampton said she feels the same pain many other families in Memphis feel.

That pain helps her appreciate what city councilman Berlin Boyd is doing--heading up a new task force to reduce crime Frayser, Raleigh, and north Memphis areas.

The Not In My Neighborhood Task Force hopes to hold monthly meetings with pastors, city officials, and civic leaders to try and bridge the gap between police and the community.

Boyd said the task force is also working to find extra grant money to reduce blight and poverty in communities in need. That money will go toward doing things like cleaning pathways to schools and working with blight patrol.

"A bigger root of the problem is poverty, poverty goes with crime," Boyd said, but he knows he can't solve the problem alone. "It takes a village to reduce some of the crime we have going on in our city."

As for Hampton, who is still making sense of her son's death, she wants the crime to come to an end.

"Just put down the guns," Hampton pleaded. "It's so many people losing their lives from these guns."

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