City council wants crackdown on crime

After two recent random murders, some members of city council say a major crackdown to curb violence is needed.

While Police Chief Jimmy Hughes agrees, and says his department is already going the extra mile, there are legal limits to what his department can do.

“Rather than the criminals keeping us on edge, we need to keep them on edge,” said Councilwoman Annie Gillam, D-1st and chairwoman of council’s safety committee. “We need to start pounding on [criminals]. These people are out of control. They feel they don’t need to follow the law and listen.”

In response, Hughes said, “We pound within the limits of the law. I’d like to check every car for guns, but we can’t do that legally.”

Council’s safety committee met with Hughes today, four days after two men murdered Thomas Repchic and wounded his wife, Jacqueline, near the intersection of Philadelphia Avenue and Southern Boulevard after they left St. Dominic Church.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and

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