ATLANTA – Channel 2 Action News gets real on crime. A business community in northwest Atlanta says it has an action plan to tackle crime, but it needs help. They spoke to Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston about what needed to happen. The trade association says recent car shootings and burglaries have gotten so bad that people don’t want to shop and eat in the area. They say the city is trying to help, but they really need help from their corporate partners. The president of the MLK ASHBY Business Association said, “I have tried to contact them all, but they are not responding to me at all. How many people have to die here?
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Johnny Mims is president of the trade association on MLK Jr. Drive in northwest Atlanta. He said business owners are going bankrupt because crime has gotten so bad.
“He (a business owner) is losing customers. They call and cancel because of the murders and shootings, and one of the things happened right outside his house. Guy found dead behind the barbecue, guy found shot in front of the Kentucky Fried Chicken.
There’s a Chick-fil-A that takes up a good chunk of the block, but Mims said just days ago in October a man was shot and killed in the middle of the street. “When is enough enough? ” He asked.
He said city leaders are working with the association to fight crime. They recently held a community cleanup of the area and the police department told me they had repositioned cameras in the area. There’s more police presence in the evenings, and the councilman who represents that area is pushing a security plan that included off-duty officers to keep pace. But it comes at a cost: $342,000.
Mims says they hope they can get support from companies that have businesses in the area, but he says so far they haven’t heard anything.
“That’s Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. That’s where he’s from. We should be the beacon and the example.
The owner of this Chick-fil-A told me someone would be happy to help with the story, but so far Huddleston hasn’t heard back. Philip Davis works in the area and said crime was everywhere. “I believe the factors involved in this recent crime spike is the fact that the economy is up everywhere.”
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