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via Cleveland19:

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams was in the hot seat on Wednesday.

Council members had a lot of questions for Williams and specifically how he and his department are going to cut down the number of violent crimes in Cleveland.

In the first public safety committee meeting of the year, council member after council member told the top cop citizens in their wards are afraid to walk the streets because of the increase in violent crime.

“People believing there are sections of this city that are out of control from a standpoint of violent crime.  You can say what you want, but perception is 9/10ths of reality. If they believe they are not safe, they aren’t safe,” council member Michael Polensek said.

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