ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany police and city leaders sent out a call to action Monday: Stop the Violence.
A community meeting was held in the city of Albany on Monday where activists hoped to spread a message of peace. People who spoke said crime is seasonal, and they’re worried crime is going to spike as the weather gets warmer.
On Monday, they collaborated with police, the mayor’s office and non-profit organizations to reduce crime. Some of their ideas included more youth events and a voluntary teen curfew.
Community advocate Marlon Anderson said the amount of crime committed by young adults is appalling, and he wants to end it.
“Other lives have to matter to you before your life can matter,” he said.
Common Council member Mark Robinson said he’s proposing a voluntary curfew of 11 p.m. for teenagers ages 14 to 18.
“They are the ones roaming the streets with nothing to do,” he said.
Albany resident Mark Cobberti said teens need something to do.
“Just sick of hearing about murders and shootings,” he said.
Cobberti suggested the city hold more events like Youth Nights to keep them out of trouble.
“Where they could go like rock climbing and stuff,” he suggested. “So that could be one thing.”
Albany police also suggested connecting with kids at an early age similar to the partnership Troy police recently announced with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other agencies to create the LEADership Project.