Violent crimes in the Glass City seemed never-ending last year: 38 homicides, more than 100 fires labeled "suspicious" and nearly a shooting a day during the long summer months. A week into 2012, police were already investigating the murder of a grandmother, gunned down early in the morning as she watched TV.
Stopping the Violence means dissecting the issues in our community and finding the core of the crimes. It means listening to our community leaders and advocating solutions to our city government. We can end the violence if we're willing to speak out, about and against the fear.
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Our special report comprises of a one-on-one interview with Mayor Mike Bell and Toledo Police's Deputy Chief of Investigations, George Taylor. We'll hear from two former gang members, including one who said it took a bullet to the head to change his life choices.
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