MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Memphis mayor A C Wharton said programs to cut teen crime are beginning to show results.
The mayor and police director Toney Armstrong are back from Washington D.C. after a national conference on crime. Turns out, mayors in other cities want to copy what Memphis is doing.
“It's an opportunity to go to Washington and say here's what we're doing, here's what is working. Then we listen to New Orleans and here's what they do. We borrow some of theirs and they borrow some of ours,” Wharton said.
They don't steal ideas when dealing with crime. They share.
Lately the mayor says people like the plans that Memphis is putting into place concerning getting guns off the streets and out of the hands of kids not old enough to vote.
“I think we were the only ones that actually had a state official there. That makes common sense because when it comes to criminal justice, that's based on state law. We can do all we want down here, if we're not in sync with the state we are not going to get anything accomplished,” Wharton said.
The mayor said he knows that everybody in Memphis thinks about the murders. He's not happy with them either. The fact is, he says, is most of the murders this year are fights between couples or family members.
“This is America. I can't put cameras in everybody’s house or cops in everybody's house because we heard there's been an argument. That's just going to be one of the most stubborn, most difficult areas we have to deal with,” Wharton said.
The mayor has visited several cities over the last year to see what they're doing when it comes to juvenile crime.
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