New Ward 8 police commander faces tough questions at meeting
Ward 8 residents packed a community meeting on Wednesday night, where they had a chance to hear from new commander Andre Wright.
“You said crime is going down…since when?” asked one resident.
Wright faced tough questions about violent crimes.
Despite his claim that crime is going down, there have been 34 homicides in Ward 8 this year.
That’s up from 21 around the same time last year.
Wright was promoted after Commander Regis Bryant was demoted, amid an increase in homicides.
Ward 8 Councilman Trayon White, who was not at the meeting, criticized the decision earlier this month. He believes that Commander Bryant was used as a scapegoat.
Others at the meeting were also skeptical.
“I think the most important thing is to keep the community’s trust, that is our first approach and there will be several,” said Bryant.
Wright seemed committed to finding solutions despite the challenges ahead.
He plans on focusing on community policing.