Townhall meetings hope to prevent gang violence

The rising gang is called MS-13. It is known for violent crimes, machete attacks and drug dealing. The group originated in South America and moved to the west coast before finding a home here in Tallahassee.

So after an increase in gang activity, the city of Tallahassee teamed up with federal law enforcement to find new ways to battle this concern.

But does Tallahassee really have a gang problem?

Many people might argue “no” if you compare us to cities like Los Angeles that deal with gangs such as the Bloods and Crips.

However, the city’s commissioners are taking some good strides to prevent MS-13 from rising.

Through town hall meetings, the city seeks to educate residents about gang activity and discuss ways to prevent young people’s involvement.

But if indeed there is a problem, will town hall meetings be enough to combat a gang epidemic in Tallahassee?

FBI Special Agent Matt Pelligrino says this is not an epidemic here in Tallahassee, just signs of a presence growing.

But will this presence overwhelm the young generation?

The meetings will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. in the commission chambers of City Hall and will resume April 19 at the Seminole Baptist Church, ending May 10 at Bethel AME church.

Perhaps through these meeting the city of Tallahassee will be able to combat the war against gangs.

Dontaye Carter for the Editorial Board.