Friday, July 7, 2017
City to pay men not to shoot each other
(KCRA) - Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs condemned the violence in the city over the weekend and is considering a couple different ways to combat crime, including one that pays people not to commit crimes.
There were four homicides in Stockton between Monday and Wednesday night, bringing the total number of killings in the city to more than 24.
Tubbs released a statement Wednesday night after the string of violence.
"All life is sacred and even one homicide is too many ... overall, crime continues to trend downward but we must remain vigilant," Tubbs said.
The city is exploring a couple options in the hopes of curbing the number of violent crimes in the city.
The first option is out of Detroit called Project Greenlight. In this situation, live cameras would be set up inside and outside of businesses in Stockton, and the cameras would be monitored in real-time from the police headquarters.
The second option is more controversial out of the Bay Area. Richmond's Advance Peace uses taxpayer dollars to pay men with firearm history to not shoot guns.
In exchange, the men can participate in adult fellowship, mentorships and job opportunity programs.
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