Several shooting incidents have spurred the city of Rock Island to form a task force to deter and reduce crime downtown.
Mayor Mike Thoms told council members on Monday that he assembled a task force of eight members to come up with solutions to make the downtown area safer, whether it be to protect against gun fire or graffiti.
“In light of some of the things that have been happening, not just in Rock Island, but across the country, crime has been on the increase. It was time to put in a little urgency and see what measures the city could take,” Thoms said.
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