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West Side Community Members Sit Down With Charleston Police To Address Crime

Reported: May. 8, 2014 9:17 PM EDT
Updated: May. 8, 2014 9:36 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) -- The Charleston community came together Thursday night to discuss the problems plaguing the city's West Side.

The Charleston Police Department organized the community meeting at Stonewall Jackson Middle School. Hundreds showed up to talk about serious issues, like drugs and gang activity, and not-so-serious nuisances, like speeding.

Community members said meetings are great. They said community meetings aren't effective, unless neighbors take action to help clean up and revitalize the West Side.

"I think it's something where we have to take action, and I believe a lot of the issues need a community solution as opposed to policy," Andy Park, a retired teacher and West Side resident, said.

Law enforcement officers urged community members to reach out if people spot suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. If you see suspicious activity, you can leave tips with police at (304) 348-8111.



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