http://m.nbc12.com/autojuice?targetUrl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.nbc12.com%2fstory%2f23201579%2frichmond-councilwoman-creates-suggestion-box-for-crime-fighting-ideasis my response to Councilwoman Mosby as interviewed by NBC 12 here:
More police and more jail beds will never solve crime in Richmond. We need jobs, we need dignity, and we need education. Community will solve crime, not laws or encouraging people to call 911 when they see something suspicious. People of color, especially young men of color are already disproportionately targeted by the RPD who engage in unethical stop and frisk tactics. We already spend too much on police. We should be trying alternatives like mediation, counselling, mental healthcare access, etc. And calling on and supporting existing organizations like the Richmond Peace Education Center and ROSMU to help in developing alternatives to 911 and guides for building strong communities.
I would love to meet to discuss further.