Is a crackdown on street parties the answer to summer gun violence?
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Is a crackdown on street parties the answer to summer gun violence?

The shooting that occurred during a street party in Detroit on Sunday was the deadliest mass shooting in the state since at least 2013.

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, 21 people were shot at a party near Rossini Drive and Reno Street. Two of the victims died. It wasn’t until 11:35 a.m. that the public learned about the shooting and that the shooters were still at large, via a social media post by Michigan State Police. No one has been charged in the case.

On Monday, the mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan and Detroit Police Chief James White announced a four-step plan to address recent violence at the event and others.

Since May, police have received more than 500 calls about street parties, city leaders said, and over the long July 4 weekend, police responded to six separate shootings at street parties. There were a total of 27 victims, including three people who died.

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Do you have ideas on how to address violence at large events? What do you think of the city’s approach—is repression of street parties the answer? Should police or communities consider strategies or techniques to avoid or mitigate disputes in dense crowds?

Send us a letter to the editor at freep.com/letters with the words “block party“in the subject line, and we can publish your story online and in print. We’re not interested in political rhetoric or finger-pointing — just thoughtful, honest ideas for solutions. We ask for the letter writer’s email addresses, home addresses, and daytime phone numbers for verification purposes; this information will not be published.

Is a crackdown on street parties the answer to summer gun violence?Is a crackdown on street parties the answer to summer gun violence?

Detroit Police Chief James White announced a crackdown on street partying at a news conference Monday, July 8, 2024, following a Sunday morning shooting that left two people dead and 19 injured.

This article originally appeared on the Detroit Free Press: After Detroit party shooting, we want to hear from you