SOUTH BEND — Local leaders Monday again called for help dealing with violent crime, saying it’s time more than ever for the community to speak out.
“This is a final call to action. We want to know, how are you all going to help?” South Bend City Clerk Kareemah Fowler, said. “This is a community issue.”
Fowler, along with members of the South Bend Common Council and representatives of local law enforcement and the South Bend Community School Corp., gathered Monday morning in the lobby of the County-City Building to sound their alert.
Violent crime is not just an issue for law enforcement or elected officials, Fowler said.
“Each of us has a responsibility to the community,” she said.
Council President Tim Scott said people need to speak up or reach out for help.
“If you want to put down the gun, give us a call,” Scott said. “We will help you put down that gun. It starts with a choice. Make a good choice.”