KFP: Kinston residents bemoan ‘epidemic’ that puts city at top of violent crime statistics

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Bill Johnson, director of the Kinston Department of Public Safety, discussed Community Watch programs with residents of the Mitchelltown at a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night.

by Wesley Brown
Staff Writer

“As a community, we are failing our youth, we are failing the residents and we are failing to give ourselves any opportunity to move forward and grow and create the kind of environment where our kids can play in the streets safely,” Knight said.

Making the streets safe has become a rallying cry at several meetings of elected officials, town leaders and concerned residents that have been held in the past two weeks, meetings like the one held in Mitchelltown — a city historic district that was the scene of two of the recent homicides — Wednesday night.

Ben Knight was there, along with about 70 other residents

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