Our good friend City Councillor Craig A. Kelley, who for 10 years was the president of the North Cambridge Stabilization Committee, send us a follow-up on the response from the Cambridge Police Department to the Clifton Street shooting:
I’ve attached a .pdf [Download Police Department Clifton St comm] from CPD describing their respsonse to the Clifton Street shooting last month, as well as pasting an email from CPD inviting people to another meeting on Tuesday, 8 March (Shrove Tuesday- I will miss this meeting as we have an event that evening at Church). Also- please pass this email on to anyone you think may wish to attend the CPD meeting.
The CPD’s response is interesting, but not entirely accurate when it describes how the Alert system is used. I’ve gotten alerts from CPD for one-off events and CPD is interested in how to better use the system to meet the community’s needs.
More importantly, the report notes that their have been 6 shootings in the immediate area in the past 18 months. I’m not sure how many stabbins there have been- pehaps none, but there have been some over the years.
City Councillor Craig A. Kelley
My point is, if every 8 block area in Cambridge had the same level of violence as this stretch of Clifton/Jackson/Jefferson Park/Rindge Towers, it’d be a stupendous number.
That the violence is especially concentrated here reflects something unique about this area and we need to address that issue to tamp down the violence.