NAACP leader wants more police patrols in high crime neighborhood

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SPRINGFIELD, (Mass) WWLP – The president of the Greater Springfield NAACP wrote a letter to the Springfield Police Commissioner asking him to have more officers patrolling high crime neighborhoods.

Reverend Talbert Swan II wrote to the commissioner, specifically referenced Sunday night’s incident when a man was found laying in the middle of Union street after having been shot in the head.

Swan wrote, “Last night’s incident on the eve of the Martin Luther King holiday demonstrates the blatant disregard for life and property by the criminal element that terrorizes this community.”

In his letter Swan asked the commissioner for a visible increase of police patrols, not just in response to shots fired, but as a part of an overall strategy to reduce crime in the area.

Also in the letter Swan, asked to hold a meeting for residents in the Union street neighborhood on Friday, at 11 A.M., at the Spring of Hope Church at 35 Alden Street.

Sunday’s shooting the victim is expected to survive.

That shooting happened at 513 union street, which is the same address where a 21-year-old was shot and killed in December.

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