Murder spike in St. Paul leads to community meeting to address violence

Updated: November 07, 2019 10:14 PM

A public safety meeting to address rising crime is set for Thursday night at Central Baptist Church in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul.

Mayor Melvin Carter is hosting the meeting at 6:30 p.m., the first of three meetings he’ll host to discuss rising crime in St. Paul.

St. Paul has had 28 homicides this year, according to police, the highest number in 23 years.

Carter said previously he’ll bring a possible amended public safety budget to the new St. Paul City Council to address the violence.

The new council has yet to be seated as two races in Wards 1 and 6 have votes still being counted from Tuesday’s election.

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Before the meeting, Nelsie Yang, who is leading in the race for Ward 6 council seat, said the answer to solving crime needs to come from the community.

"I want us to actually start crafting solutions that come from all of us,” said Yang. “Change in our community doesn't happen unless we are the people speaking out about our experience and actually using that to craft legislation."

Public Safety Meetings:

Thursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Central Baptist Church, 420 N Roy Street, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Rice Recreation Center, 1021 Marion Street, Saint Paul, MN 55117

Saturday, November 16 , 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55130

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