Senator Williams Urges Governor Kasich To Help Fund Cleveland Violence Prevention
Sends letter requesting $5 million to protect local residents
September 17, 2015
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COLUMBUS - Senator Sandra Williams sent the following letter to Governor John Kasich, requesting that funds be directed to the city of Cleveland for violence prevention in light of recent tragedies, including the shooting deaths of 3-year-old Major Howard and 5-year-old Ramon Burnett.

Dear Governor Kasich, 

The occurrence of gun violence in the city of Cleveland has become all too regular; the city had 81 gun homicides in 2014. Already this year, there have been 85 homicides in Cleveland, 43 of which took place in the past three months. Sadly, some of the victims were minors. Three Cleveland children were shot to death the first week of September, including 5-year-old Ramon Burnett, who was killed during a drive-by shooting as he played in his yard. On Tuesday, another drive-by shooting took the life of 3-year-old Major Howard. These recent tragedies have made clear the immediate need for additional violence prevention efforts in our city.

I therefore ask that you direct $5 million to the city of Cleveland to protect local residents. The rainy day fund, which is currently in excess of $2 billion, can help stifle criminal action that has taken the lives of so many innocent citizens. We are in the fortunate position to have a budget surplus and rainy day fund available for a crisis like ours. The money can be distributed through funds allocated to your office or emergency action from the Controlling Board. These funds could be used for violence prevention efforts such as overtime pay for officers and increased police presence in areas experiencing the most violent crime.

No parent should have to fear that their child could be killed at any moment by a stray bullet. It is our duty as state leaders to prevent such horrific tragedies. Let us act immediately to ensure the safety of our city’s most vulnerable residents. I look forward to speaking about this issue further with you.


Sandra Williams

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