COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The conversation on how to stop local violence continued Friday night in Columbus. Concerned citizens gathered at the Liberty Theatre to ask questions, make comments and listen as they all tried to find solutions.
The gathering was a follow up to last Friday's "Stop the Music, Stop the Violence" event on all Davis Broadcasting stations. The town hall meeting was the radio group's effort to continue the conversation.
Some of those in attendance stressed the importance of parents becoming more active in their children's lives and talking to them about what's going on.
"You never allow your child to open up and express their true feelings to you. How could you say you know your child if you're not really sitting your child down and allowing them to be free," asked Robert Cook III as he spoke at the meeting.
Local attorneys and educators led the panel, and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was also in attendance.
Those who spoke publicly asked that the dialogue continue between the people and elected officials on strategies to improve the relationship between the roughest neighborhoods in Columbus and the police department.