Mayor Lyles calls gun violence ‘epidemic’ in a letter addressed to city’s youth

While city officials look for solutions to curb youth violence, Mayor Vi Lyles took to social media with a message for Charlotte’s youth.

Publishing a letter Thursday, Lyles said gun violence had become an “epidemic” and an issue that needs youth involvement to change.

“I urge you to speak out against gun violence, to advocate for safer communities, and to support one another in this fight,” Lyles said in the letter. “But beyond raising awareness and calling for action, the adults in this city must come together to work on underlying issues that contribute to violence in our community.”

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has previously raised the alarm about increased youth violence and crimes, including those involving shootings. Officers arrested 3,016 youths in 2023, which marked a 34% increase from 2022.

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *