Tuscaloosa police chief talks about solutions to violence

Tuscaloosa's police chief talks about how to solve the violence

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa’s police chief met with neighbors on Monday who had questions and concerns about the recent string of shootings.

In the last two weeks, there’s been a series of shootings in Tuscaloosa, and neighbors voiced their opinions about it to Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson.

The police chief believes tougher legal consequences will eventually send a strong message to those pulling the trigger.

Another big issue raised by neighbors is the high number of shootings being committed at the hands of teens.

Lately, many of the teens arrested in recent shootings have been charged as an adult, due to the seriousness of the crimes.

Anderson said they also have a curfew for teenagers in place that officers try to enforce, but parents need to do their part as well in keeping tabs on their children. That also includes monitoring their social media activity.

“A lot of the violence that is going on between our young people, our teenagers, is a result of things going on social media. Those things finally come to a head, and it creates violent situations. Parents are key in anything we do when it comes to addressing teenage problems - crime amongst teens,” said Anderson.

According to Anderson, expanding surveillance traffic cameras in recent high-crime areas in the city, and reinforcing blight clean up are other options they are looking at to help reduce violence.

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