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Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson to hold Community Meeting and Announce Reward to Address Violent Incidents in Area

PRESS RELEASE                                                                        Tuesday September 22, 2015

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson knows the strength of power in numbers. With that wisdom she is holding a community meeting scheduled for tonight, September 22nd at 6 p.m. to address recent violent incidents in the West End area and to create a plan for a community-wide response. The meeting will be held at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church located at 1740 Cleburn Avenue in southwest Birmingham.

“It’s time for us as citizens to step up and get involved,” Councilor Tyson said. “Far too often we sit back and wait on someone else to work to make things better. This is our community. These are our streets. If we want to live in safe neighborhoods, then it’s up to us to make it happen.”

Councilor Tyson will also announce a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for the shooting in a recent incident where a citizen was shot in an attempt to disrupt a robbery at a Family Dollar store.

“There is a man in the hospital, fighting for his life, because he refused to step aside and just let this crime happen,” Councilor Tyson said. “His courage and his bravery should inspire us all to stand with him and draw the line against this disgraceful behavior.”

Among the list of invited guests, Councilor Tyson has reached out to Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper to speak at the meeting and give sound advice to residents about key tips when reacting in dangerous situations and how to spot suspicious activity. Councilor Tyson lauded the hard work of the Birmingham Police Department and the impact of the block watch programs that they’ve sponsored.

“Birmingham Police Officers can’t be everywhere, all of the time,” Councilor Tyson said. “We need volunteers and we need a plan. I am everyone to do their part to help us take back our communities.”

For more information please contact the Office of Councilor Sheila Tyson at 205.254.2358 or sheila.tyson@briminghamal.gov.

For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Perry at 205.908.7392 or chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov.