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Moore Calls for Community Action Against Crime

Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore is calling the community to action following a rash of violent crimes in the River City.
PEORIA – Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore is calling the community to action following a rash of violent crimes in the River City.

Moore represents Peoria’s first district and said citizens have to "step up" for their community in order to put an end to violence. She invited the public to take part in a meeting Thursday night that focused on creating solutions.

It was set to place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church. People will be able to sign up for mentoring opportunities and community service roles, and agencies can make their needs known.

"I meet people in the grocery store in different places when I'm around town and that's what they're always talking about, what can they do? So people want to step up and be a part of the solution, but they don't know how. So this meeting is going to provide that answer," Moore said.

Bethel United Methodist Church is located in the 200- block of North Richard Pryor Place.

A passionate crowd filled Bethel United Methodist Church to voice their disgust for violence in Peoria's first district.

“You know what? We're part of the problem too for not being mad!” said one participant.

Violent crimes have risen throughout Peoria in recent months...Leaving many people to say it can no longer be ignored.

"We just need people to help us show our kids that there are a lot of successful people in our own people."

"If you're in school or you're at work, you don't have time to kill no body."

A lack of education and jobs they say is hurting the community, and others say many parents need resources to raise their kids.

"They were thrown into this maybe as children themselves. They don't have the necessary life skills and if we can get them and with the programs we got going on, then I think we can do a lot," said one person.  

First District Councilwoman Denise Moore organized the town hall meeting. She hopes the community can come up with ways to stop the violence.

"If I see something, I'm going to call [police] because it is my neighborhood. It is your neighborhood and you don't need to let anybody take it from you," said Moore.

Many participants hoped the meeting would present local resources. The next step will be to put a plan into action.  Moore says momentum cannot stop.


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