Memphis Town Hall Meeting on Crime Sparks Debate

MEMPHIS, TN - About 200 people attended a Memphis town hall meeting last night aimed at finding solutions to the city's violent crime.

Elected officials, law enforcement officers, community activists and others gathered Tuesday night, but some said they were disappointed with the low turnout.  Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton attended, but Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton did not.

Audience members offered suggestions, and some challenged those in attendance to do more than talk.

Crime Commission head Michael Heidingsfield said he was disappointed by the lack of information from citizens over the recent slayings of six people, calling it the "tragedy behind the tragedy."

The forum was sponsored by WREG-TV and The Commercial Appeal.

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