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|Police Chief Discusses Recent Shootings
|Galesburg's top cop confirms that any of three recent weapons-related incidents are not related.
Chief David Christensen spoke at a special meeting of the city's Community Relations Commission Tuesday night. The chief talked about the fatal Kiwanis Park shooting, and how several dozen witnesses were interviewed -- about an incident where a 13-year old allegedly was walking around with a gun -- and about the Monmouth Boulevard shooting incident that also resulted in a robbery.
In all cases, Christensen says, eyewitnesses were helpful. And he says by and large, they usually are.
"The work that we do is made easy or made possible by the cooperation of the citizens of Galesburg. We all make what we do possible. So certainly we have cooperation and many cases. Now are there cases when people tend to be closed mouth about what they may have seen? Sure there are, but we find that to be very much the expectation rather than the rule."
Several of those in attendance at Tuesday night's meeting suggested, however, that the public needs to be more involved in keeping their neighborhoods safe, and not be afraid to talk to police if they something suspicious.
Christensen urged them to call CrimeStoppers if they see a possible crime, and attend events like August second's National Night Out.
A retired college professor even suggested that, despite popular belief, that Galesburg does not have an epidemic of shooting deaths and similar incidents. Wendel Hunigan suggested that while a concern, the city has had an average of one shooting-related death a year.
(Galesburg residents listen to Police Chief David Christensen speak Tuesday night. WGIL News Story & Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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