BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on Monday declared violence within the metropolis a public well being epidemic throughout a information convention through which he unveiled his Draft Violence Discount Framework and Plan.
The plan acknowledges that violence is a public well being subject within the metropolis. It would take a three-pronged, public well being strategy to violence by addressing the “social determinants of well being,” Metropolis Well being Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa mentioned. They may reply to dependancy and psychological well being and promote an upstream funding to cut back violence.
Mayor Brandon Scott outlines the Draft Violence Discount Framework and Plan.
“Doing what we’ve been doing is not an choice. One life misplaced in our metropolis is one too many.” -Shantay Jackson, Director of the Mayor’s Workplace of Neighborhood Security and Engagement. @wjz pic.twitter.com/oDsz7IoiyU
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Scott promised a break from previous insurance policies and practices that failed to supply long-term outcomes.
“Everybody in Baltimore is impacted by this illness impacting our metropolis longer than I’ve been alive,” Scott mentioned, stressing everybody in the neighborhood additionally must be part of the answer.
The three pillars of the plan embody taking a public well being strategy to violence, neighborhood engagement and interagency collaboration and accountability to verify companies are following by means of with their objectives.
“We can be their accountability accomplice and you may be ours,” mentioned Shantay Jackson with the Mayor’s Workplace of Neighborhood Security and Engagement.
The mayor had already established the Mayor’s Workplace of Neighborhood Security and Engagement when he took workplace; the most recent plan expands these actions.
With the brand new plan, Scott hopes to curb violence and the trauma it causes. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison absolutely helps the concept to get all metropolis companies concerned.
Ericka Alston, the chief director of Rebound, a bunch that works with younger folks to cease the cycle of violence, mentioned the very fact Scott’s plan works with the town’s present packages and establishments is groundbreaking.
“There are such a lot of items to this puzzle that the one method that we’re going to place it collectively is that all of us have a component to play,” she mentioned.
The following step is to get neighborhood enter by means of Fb boards that Scott mentioned are coming quickly.
As of Monday, there have been 54 homicides within the metropolis, in comparison with 57 on at the present time final yr.
The variety of non-fatal shootings is pacing forward of final yr’s file.
One of many metropolis’s youngest victims, 10-year-old Kaelin Washington, informed WJZ she was shot within the chest whereas strolling to the shop.
“I used to be pondering if I used to be even going to remain on this world,” she mentioned.
Watch the total press convention beneath: