Increased Crime in Columbia
The violence has been centered in North Columbia. Two weekends ago, police responded to four shootings.
This past weekend, police responded to a pair of related shootings, also in the city's northside.
Critics believe police have no intention of completely ridding their neighborhood of crime. Some local residents want to see more police cars in their neighborhood.
Others, like Vernon Forbes, argue the presence of police only makes matters worse. Forbes started the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association, which has previously met with police.
But now, Forbes says the CPD doesn't necessarily want to eliminate crime on his block.
"The police are interested in only one thing. And that is containment. They're not interested in solving or reducing crime, they're interested in containing it," said Forbes.
The police say that couldn't be further from the truth.
"The way that we handle something like that is actually the opposite. We're not trying to contain it, we're trying to move it out so it doesn't have a secure operating base where they can feel safe knowing they can always run back to a certain area," explained Sgt. John White of the Columbia Police Department.
Other residents welcome an increased patrol because they believe possible gang activity is too close to their kids.
White adds the Ridgeway Neighborhood has the highest concentration of patrol officers in Columbia.
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