Knoxville mayor scales again Cities United program as a consequence of gun violence

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In what’s trending to changing into Knoxville’s most violent yr on document, Mayor Indya Kincannon mentioned the prevention work being rolled out by Cities United shouldn’t be taking place shortly sufficient. Late Thursday town introduced it was scaling again this system.  

“In an effort to keep away from additional delay in implementing methods to deal with violence in our metropolis, the Metropolis of Knoxville has determined to take a position extra straight in Metropolis workers capability to guide this dialog in our neighborhood,” a metropolis spokesperson mentioned in an emailed assertion. “Cities United is and can proceed to be a valued associate, however we’re revamping and scaling again our contract. We will likely be including a top-level management place on the Metropolis to coordinate this vital work right here in Knoxville.”

Each town’s violence prevention efforts and the work completed by Cities United, a contractor, had been below scrutiny after this weekend’s capturing dying of 17-year-old Johnkelian Mathis. He’s the fifth Austin-East Magnet Excessive College scholar to die by gun violence this yr. Police additionally fatally shot Austin-East scholar Anthony Thompson Jr. on the college in April.

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon speaks about a weekend shooting in Lonsdale Homes that left an Austin-East Magnet High School student dead and two others injured during a press conference at Fountain City Park in Knoxville, Tenn. on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021.

On Monday Kincannon mentioned this system wasn’t working like she had hoped.

“The tempo of the work shouldn’t be going as quick as I would love, so we’re engaged on learn how to hasten our efforts and get tangible progress that is seen and helps in the neighborhood sooner. So, we’re engaged on that.”

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