Councilwoman Smith: "Downtown Safety Remains A Concern"

Safety concerns in downtown Greenville continue to be a hot topic after three people were shot where police presence is at a premium.

The shooting happened in a parking lot on Reade and Fourth Streets just after the clubs closed.

Once officers arrived the suspects were gone and three people had gunshot wounds.

Councilwoman Kandie Smith ,who's district covers the downtown area, says citizens are worried that despite the officers on the streets, shooting are still happening in downtown Greenville. "If you look at it, they can't be in every place at the same time, even though we would like them to be. If we could have a police officer on every corner we would, but we don't have that situation and we know we would like to have more, and if they were right at the spot, the shooting would of happened at another spot."

Smith says she is particularly bothered by the fact that even with the extra police downtown, "People feel that comfortable that they can do it and feel as if they can get away it."

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  • by Jeff Location: Demps on Mar 16, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    I go to ECU and think Greenville is a dirty unsafe place. Why would anyone want to live here? If it wasn’t for the school this town would go down the drain. I have a hard time believing that ECU can continue to grow its academic standard due to the fact that the top students in the state would probably do research on the town before attending the school. It scares me that it is just another day at the park when these shootings regularly happen. The fact of the matter is this town has nothing to offer so it will have a hard time attracting a majority of successful people, $$ taxpaying dollars. Without this I don’t see a change anytime soon. This is why we need to stop providing these thugs with government money so they can realize that they are not contributing anything to society. Instead use it on something productive
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    Councilwoman smith is the female version of al sharpton in new york. a professional trouble maker with a hidden agenda.
  • by OpenCarry on Mar 15, 2011 at 06:41 PM
    All the whiners and complainers in Greenville are wearing thin... When will you folks WAKE UP. The US Supreme court has ruled in over a dozen cases that the Police have NO DUTY or LEGAL Obligation to provide protection for individuals. Personal safety is a PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Protect YOURSELF, because it's NOT any one else's job. WAKE UP, and stop waiting for your government to wipe your snotty little noses. It is NOT the police's job to be your personal bodyguards... Get a gun. Get training. Carry everywhere it's legal. PROTECT YOURSELF...
  • by Root Cause Location: Greenville on Mar 15, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    All of the issues seem to happen after 10pm downtown. Suggestion 1: Post no loitering signs stating after 2 am you will be fined $1500 and write the tickets. Suggestion 2: Properties housing clubs charged a special use property tax 5 times the amount of the current property tax downtown only. Suggestion 3: 3 parcels downtown need to be purchased and revitalized.Find solutions not who to blame.
  • by You Have Got to Be Kidding! Location: Greenville on Mar 15, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    Councilwoman Smith, YOU are the one who has tied the hands of GPD and yet, you have the audacity to complain about crime? You need to seek employment elsewhere.
  • by Bett on Mar 15, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    To simple logic what you forget is that marijuana comes from dangerous places too. But you are probably too stoned to know that.
  • by concerned on Mar 15, 2011 at 05:22 PM
    Ms. kandie is such a joke. The city is too busy trying to revitalize her run down neighborhood, they do not have time to focus on downtown. Did the improvements on west fifth street cost more with the ingravings in the retaining wall. this is a waste of tax-payers money. Hale to the working citizen, are you one?
  • by BRANDON Location: GREENVILLE on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:26 PM
  • by S Location: ENC on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    Ms.Smith is such a joke herself,I can not believe that anyone would listen to anything she says....She is PART OF THE PROBLEM...She only wants law enforcement when it doesn't apply to her...How can anyone in her District or the City for that matter,have any respect for a TROUBLEMAKER like Ms. Smith. She has NO IDEA how to be a decent,law-abiding citizen....She certainly does not represent the decent citizens in her District....hopefully,at the next election someone respectable will seek her position...
  • by Shemeeka on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    If downtown is dangerous, maybe SHE needs to stay from down there. When I want to do something , who can stop me? Police cannot make people behave as humans should.Police have a presence downtown, and the clubs do a good job at handling trouble...Good job downtown Gville.

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