A proposal that could save lives in Cleveland

(Cleveland) - Former councilman Zack Reed is hosting a Community Action Luncheon at the Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton Center downtown on Wednesday at 11am. 

Reed tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, that there have been 619 homicides in Cleveland from 2013 to the present. Of those, 519 were of African-American males. 

Reed explains on average, about 100 black males lose their lives to homicide every year in Cleveland, and something has to be done. 

Reed says he has called in officials from the Cure Violence organization to present an action plan to reduce these deaths. The plan will be presented to local government and business leaders. 

Expected to attend are Brent Decker, chief program officer of Cure Violence, and Ricardo Williams, deputy director of Cure Violence U.S. Programs. The meeting will be closed to the general public.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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