On Monday, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announced his six-point plan to tackle violent crime in the city. Among the ideas is a 20 cent property tax increase to hire 35 additional officers. The mayor also announced the members of a task force charged with investigating Columbia’s crime problem, which the city council can vote to approve at its meeting Monday.
The announcement comes weeks after a number of high profile incidents, including the shooting death of teenager Tre’Veon Marshall, a homicide in a Conley Road shopping center in what’s believed to be a drug deal gone bad, and shots fired in Columbia’s downtown district.
This week on Intersection, we’ll talk to the mayor about his proposals, and find out what could be done to reduce violent crime in the city.
-A summary of crime in Columbia over the past 20 years
-Breakdown of violent crime in Columbia involving a firearm
-How violent crime in Columbia compares with other Midwestern cities