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State, community clergy leaders address violent crime reduction efforts in Memphis

Published: May. 4, 2022 at 10:09 AM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2022 at 10:10 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Joseph Murphy Jr., United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, along with several clergy leaders held a news conference regarding efforts to reduce violent crime in Memphis Wednesday.

Murphy says this is one of many Better Community Summits to help address the city’s violent crime. The summit at Neighborhood Christian Center is scheduled for June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ephie Johnson, President and CEO of the Neighborhood Christian Centers Inc., emphasized the prevalent issue of violent crime is causing overwhelming concern within the community.

The group agrees the effort is less about politics and is rooted in a different reason.

“This is not political it’s biblical,” said Pastor Ricky Foy. “This is a unified group of people who are really concerned about our community.”

Johnson says she hopes her organization can come together to provide healing to the city.

Find out more from the news conference on Action News 5 during our evening newscasts.

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