UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — The recent string of shootings have residents and community leaders determined to find solutions.
“When you have shots being fired and when you have a homicide, it affects not only the families, the neighborhood, but it affects the entire city. And even though we have worked, we have to work that much harder.” – Mayor Robert Palmieri, (D)-Utica
Utica’s Access and Inclusion Committee, the police department, Oneida County’s District Attorney Office and community leaders announced an upcoming solutions summit to promote public safety and combat gun violence.
“Gun violence is not just a police matter, it’s also a community issue and the idea of having a Solutions Summit is a great one because it brings the police and the community and their leaders together as one and to hopefully work on solutions to reduce our gun violence. ” – Mark Williams, Chief, Utica Police Department
Dr. Andrew Lopez-Williams, of ADHD and Autism Psychological Services and Advocacy, says prevention and solutions are effective but we must consider what causes violence and aggression in a person.
“It would be nice to have somebody have an outlet to talk. It would be nice to have somebody have an outlet for some pro-social activities. But, what are the real factors psychologically, socially, that are driving somebody’s potential for violence? And if we can attack those factors very assertively, then we have a better chance of helping them to develop into more productive citizens.” – Dr. Andrew Lopez-Williams, Clinical & Forensic Neuropsychologist
The Solutions Summit will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday February 22nd at the Parkway Recreation Center.