Mayor vows heavy handed approach to crime in wake of Wilmington weekend violence

By Peter MacArthur 8:20am, August 6, 2013 - Updated 7:29pm, August 6, 2013
After a weekend that saw a murder, three other shootings and a stabbing, Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams says he plans to tighten the noose around problem crime areas in the city.

"There's going to be some people that's not going to like what we're going to do, but it's the way we have to do it. We're going to stay within the confines of the U.S. constitution, I don't want people to start worrying about that. But we are going to get a little heavy handed, we're going to ask for the community's support. I'm going to sit down with some clergy and business folk and community leaders and I'm going to give them a highlight of what we're going to do but I think it's time now for us to get a little heavy handed and I think some people are going to resist it but we're going to do it anyway."

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Williams says there appears to be two factions targeting each other with violence in Wilmington.

He adds that some of these weekend crimes in the city happened during police shift changes so those may be changed up some as well.

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