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Violence Plagues Baton Rouge Over Easter Weekend

Mayor Broome and Chief Morse Lead Collaborative

Efforts to Ensure Safety in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. — Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was rocked by a spate of violence over the Easter weekend, with five shootings occurring in less than 48 hours, resulting in three fatalities. The surge in violence has prompted Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and BRPD Chief T.J. Morse to address the community's concerns and outline steps to ensure public safety.

The series of shootings began on Easter Sunday, with one incident claiming the life of a young girl who was struck by gunfire while asleep in her bed. Stray bullets also pierced through the windows of neighboring homes, causing widespread fear and alarm among residents.

Chief Morse highlighted the targeted nature of the violence, pointing to inter-group conflicts as a primary driver. "What we saw over the weekend is unacceptable and is very targeted specific groups going after each other," Morse stated, underscoring the urgency of addressing the root causes of such violence.

Mayor Broome echoed Chief Morse's concerns, emphasizing the need for proactive measures to curb the rising tide of violence. "We have seen through data that once we implement our Summer of Hope with intentional activities, with employment for our youth, that we see a crime reduction," Mayor Broome explained, citing the city's past successes in crime prevention efforts.

Despite the challenges posed by systemic issues within the judicial system, Mayor Broome remains steadfast in her commitment to finding solutions. "Everybody plays a role in this," she emphasized, urging for a coordinated approach to ensure the safety and security of all citizens.

In response to the escalating violence, city officials have implemented a series of measures aimed at enhancing public safety. Chief Morse outlined plans for increased police presence and overtime shifts, emphasizing the department's dedication to protecting the community. Mayor Broome recently approved additional funding for patrol units, signaling a proactive stance in addressing the surge in violence.

As Baton Rouge grapples with the aftermath of a tumultuous Easter weekend, Mayor Broome and Chief Morse stand united in their commitment to creating a safer and more secure environment for all residents. Through concerted efforts and community engagement, they remain hopeful that Baton Rouge will emerge stronger from this challenging period, ensuring a brighter future for generations to come.

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