Curfew, task force recommended as solutions to escalating violence in Columbia

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 3:38 p.m. CDT; updated 9:16 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 16, 2013

COLUMBIA — Columbia's city manager, mayor and police chief spoke about possible solutions to crime at a special city council meeting Wednesday afternoon. 

Possible solutions suggested by council members and the police chief included the creation of a curfew for young adults under the age of 18 or the creation of a special task force made up of stakeholders to deal with youth and violence in the community.

Police Chief Ken Burton said he believes the downtown shooting on June 15 was gang-related and verified that the homicide on Conley Road was drug-related. 

"We as a community have to decide when we have had enough," Burton said.

Burton said it doesn't matter if "thugs" shoot each other, but it does matter if they subject others to violence.

Council members emphasized that this is not only a city government issue but a community issue. 

Mayor Bob McDavid said the council will begin taking action by revisiting its anti-violence initiatives.

Supervising editor is Hannah Wiese.

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