Non-profit hosts town hall to tackle teen violence

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 6:04pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — As violence continues in Baton Rouge, one group says it's time to take action. The Working Interfaith Network will team up with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement officers to host a town hall meeting.

While there are many issues facing the community when it comes to crime, they'll focus on youth violence.

"The kids in this area don't seem to have a very lot to do," says Veronica Freeman with WIN. "Unfortunately they seem to be turning to violence as their weapon of fun."

Freeman says WIN has become seriously concerned about the violence happening in her community.

"Crime has gotten out of control in Baton Rouge. There's no need for us to have 81 murders in one year for a city this size," she says.

Now, the group says it's time to start brainstorming.

"At this junction, the problem has gotten totally out of control. What we need to do is just come together and work together to find some solutions," Freeman explains.

The goal is to get people talking. "We're going to charge the community," she says. "Come! Get involved. Listen to the issues. Try to help us solve the issues that are impacting our community."

That's so everyone can have a hand in making a difference. "We would like to see them walk away with this feeling that there is something we can do. We all have a part," Freeman says.

Law enforcement officials from the parish, the state, and across the country will be at the town hall meeting. That will be held February 24th at the Marriot Hotel near College and Corporate. It starts at 6pm.

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