(Memphis) Memphis Mayor AC Wharton joined mayors from across the country on a conference call with Vice President Joe Biden. Wharton is one of those being called on to help stop grief and mourning like we experienced in Memphis for the past week.
“I’m going to suggest that we really focus on that. If we get that, I know it will make a big difference in the crimes here in Memphis,” said Wharton.
It seems like someone is shot everyday in Memphis. The victim and suspect are usually a teen or young adult 14 to 21 years old.
“This is the most volatile segment of our population. These 14 to 21 year olds. They don’t have the seasoning of adulthood. They’ve got weapons more powerful than we’ve ever seen,” said Wharton.
Police arrested 21 year old Treveno Campbell for killing officer Martoiya Lang.
“They have more fire power that exceeds that of our men and women of our police department and they’re just reckless. I mean taking a life or shooting into a car. They have no second thoughts about that so somehow we’ve got to come up with programs to focus in on that element,” said Wharton.
While Wharton knows something must be done, he admits he’s not sure what the answer is. However, he knows the reality is change can’t come soon enough. He made the phone call into the teleconference while sitting in the pastor’s study at Hope Church. Wharton had just attended Officer Lang’s funeral.