Dozens meet with city officials after deadly Fall River shooting
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – Nearly five dozen community members met with Fall River city officials about a spike in shootings following a deadly incident last week.
The mayor of Fall River as well as the city’s police chief vowed to continue curbing violence, while taking to the podium at the Corky Row Club building.
They told the crowd they would continue beefed up patrols in the neighborhood after a 29-year-old man and 14-year-old boy were shot and killed near Griffin Park.
“We increased our minimum man power from 10 cars to 12 cars,” police Chief Jeff Cardoza said.
According to Chief Cardoza, there have already been 20 confirmed shootings as of May 24, 2021; compared with 20 shootings total in 2020.
City officials also talked about increasing participation with the youth, like basketball leagues, to help keep them from getting involved with illicit activities.
Community members also suggested that police get out of their cruisers and take a more active role, walking through the community, while maintaining a presence.
According to city officials, one of the best ways community members can help with preventing a crime wave is to report any information they have about these shooting cases to help police take criminals off the streets.
Anyone who contacts police with details about these illicit activities can remain anonymous.