Harrisburg mayor holds meeting to discuss violence

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Mayor Eric Papenfuse held a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night at Derry Street United Methodist Church to discuss continued violence in the city.

Earlier this month, 10 people were charged after a brawl in the city that involved brass knuckles, a brick, and a gun.

Papenfuse said he plans to hold a series of meetings to hear from residents about their concerns. He also said the city will continue to provide the police department with the resources to fight back against crime, including a stronger presence and foot patrols in neighborhoods with high crime.

Police Chief Tom Carter announced plans for a fully staffed precinct along 15th Street. Carter said he hopes to have it started by the end of the summer.

Papenfuse said the goal is to get the city moving forward and they need ideas from residents. He has an open-door policy and welcomes anyone who would like to meet with him.

He said he is also trying to get out more and give people who normally would not come downtown the opportunity to meet with him.

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