COLUMBIA — Mayor Bob McDavid is planning to hold a news conference on crime and law enforcement the same day a task force is expected to be formed to address youth violence in the city.
The news conference on crime and law enforcement in Columbia is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at City Hall, said Pat Schreiner, administrative support assistant in the City Clerk's Office.
The news conference is scheduled the same day as the next Columbia City Council meeting, during which, the mayor is expected to name the 13 members of a youth anti-violence task force.
The formation of the task force comes in the middle of a summer that has included several violent incidents, including a shooting at a crowded corner of Tenth Street and Broadway in June and the killing of a 17-year-old male this month in McKee Park.
News of the conference also comes less than a week after City Manager Mike Mattes released a proposed budget for fiscal 2014 that would include three new hires in the Columbia Police Department, which Matthes said will be a step toward improving community relations in troubled neighborhoods.
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