(Memphis) Security guards, gates, and proper lighting are some of the things a local attorney says some Memphis apartment complexes fail to provide for people living there, allowing crime to plague the apartments.
During the Summer of 2012, a 14-year-old was shot in the arm at Todd Creek Apartments. The girl was walking to a friend's house when she was caught in the crossfire of a shootout.
County Commissioner and Attorney Walter Bailey is representing the family in a lawsuit against Todd Creek.
He says the apartment complex is partially to blame for the girls injuries because it failed to provide enough security especially considering it’s located in a notably dangerous part of the city.
“Some of them are a haven for crime. They are aware of it and don`t want to do anything,” said Bailey.
The lawsuit claims in the two months leading up to the shooting, there were 13 reported crimes like, aggravated assaults, robberies and drug violations. The lawsuit falls under what's called a premise liability suit.
“One of the tenants approached and said `help, we need some help the gangs are taking over`,” advised Bailey.
Some Memphis apartment complexes are taking drastic and unusual steps to keep residents safe from crime.
Last month, The Summit Apartments started the eviction process of a mom and her two kids because the kids were identified as robbery suspects somewhere else.
But according to Bailey, Todd Creek isn’t even doing the bare minimum to keep its residents out of harm’s way.
“The burden shouldn`t be on them. Once they pay their hard earned dollars to lease and provide for themselves, they ought to have protection, said Bailey.
Nobody with Todd Creek management wanted to talk about the lawsuit or its security plans.
Just recently Bailey settled a similar dispute against Ridgeway Apartments.
In 2006, a n 11-year-old boy was on the complex' playground, when he was shot and killed by a stray bullet.
Walter Bailey is running for re-election as a county commissioner. He's being challenged by Berlin Boyd, Julie Diane Ray and David Vinciarelli.