Demand for more police in downtown G.R. after recent violence | News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Residents and business owners in downtown Grand Rapids want to see changes after several incidents of violence over the past few weeks.
"They just create all kinds of trouble. I think they just like to fight," says Adriano Moscatelli, owner of Tre Cugini.
Tuesday night, Grand Rapids Police had to close down Rosa Parks Circle, due to several disturbances involving juveniles.
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"It's sad to see that young people don't have any respect for downtown," Moscatelli said.
Later, that same night there was another incident. A 16-year-old and a 17-year-old were shot outside of Buffalo Wild Wings on Ionia at Fulton.
Barfly Ventures owns several bars in that area, and spokesman Chris Knape said, "These are not people coming out of concert or restaurants, these are kids coming down here to hang out with friends."
Knape said he hopes both Grand Rapids Police and the Downtown Development Authority take action. "We want to see them take a major leadership role in addressing this in a short term and in the long term, as to why these kids come into downtown."
The City of Grand Rapids does have a curfew for juveniles: 11 p.m. for 12 to 14-year-olds and midnight for 15 and 16-year-olds. Grand Rapids Police say the department plans to increase patrols in the area.