SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A tour was taken Friday to show the impact of city crime and violence.
Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni organized a walking tour of the North End. Joining him were state Senators Jim Welch, Eric Lesser, William Brownsberger and others.
The tour began at the New North Citizens Council on Main Street.
The District Attorney told 22News the goal of the tour was to connect with the impact that crime is having on the North End community.
We stopped at New World Travel Adventure where the Manager told 22News how the community has gotten more dangerous.
Doreen Coakley-Rodriguez said, “It’s caused people to really worry about their kids on the street. Even 10 years ago you could have the kids out on the street. Dear Lord, look at the guy they found on Calhoun Street on the side of the house dead. That’s terrible. It’s the trade.”
Gulluni said, “Mandatory minimums for trafficking offenses are a really important tool for law enforcement and it’s a really important thing for the safety of Springfield and all over Hampden County.”
D.A. Gulluni told 22News he supports enforcing mandatory minimum sentencing; not for drug addicts, but rather, for the drug traffickers who make the community unsafe by distributing heroin, cocaine and prescription pills.
He hopes the lawmakers will take what they learned back to Boston, and maintain tough drug laws.