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Forum addresses gang violence in South King County

From staff reports:

King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer will moderate a town hall meeting to confront the growing problem of gang violence in the South King County region.

Joining the councilman are King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, Sheriff's Dept. Chief Deputy Steve Strachan, local police chiefs and regional prevention programs. Event runs 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Thomas Jefferson High School’s little theater, 4248 S. 288th St.

Background info

In response to the gang-related July shooting in Kent that left 13 injured, King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Council member Julia Patterson, announced a seven point strategy to combat gang violence and crime — especially in the southern end of the county.

The county hopes to use $1.4 million from the Criminal Justice Reserve, which was set up during the 2011 budgeting process. The fund is meant for "emergent needs related to public safety."Constantine urged that quick and decisive action is needed.

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