mayor's task force on community violence

Columbia residents attend public forum to discuss violence

Sep 13, 2014
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             The Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence held its second of three public forums this week at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church last night. The public forums, titled “Let’s Talk CoMo” are designed to be community listening sessions where members of the public can talk with task force members and prominent community leaders about violence and how to stop it. About 75 people attended. The task force is focusing on what they believe are the four pillars of public safety: prevention, intervention, enforcement and re-entry.

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A judge has sentenced a Columbia man to life in prison for the 2013 shooting death of 17-year-old Tre'Veon Marshall last summer.

Missouri Highsteppers

Members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence have plans to help a local youth drill team find a home. During the most recent meeting of the task force in Columbia, co-chair and Second Ward councilmember Michael Trapp pushed to make helping the Highsteppers the force’s third formal recommendation.

The Highsteppers lost their former rehearsal space at Hickman High School in Columbia after neighbors complained about the noise. The drill team has been “homeless,” according to task force member Pam Hardin, ever since.

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Members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence will help a local drill team find a home. During last night’s meeting at City Hall in Columbia, task force co-chair and Second Ward councilman Michael Trapp pushed to make helping the Highsteppers the force’s third formal recommendation.

The Highsteppers lost their former rehearsal space at Hickman High School in Columbia after neighbors complained about the noise. The drill team has been “homeless,” according to task force member Pam Hardin, ever since.

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Columbia Public Schools is working to improve class attendance rates.

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In Columbia, the mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence met for the fourth time on Thursday to discuss measures for city crime prevention.

A survey to gauge at-risk youth in Columbia was discussed in new business, with the hopes of gaining an understanding into how the task force can implement purposeful and helpful activities to take Columbia youth away from a path toward violent crime.

“We are not looking for scientific validity [with the survey], but cross-checking our own ideas and seeing what we have to work with,” Second Ward Council member Michael Trapp said.

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The Columbia Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence convened Wednesday evening to investigate community violence with help from the Columbia Police Department.