Larry Evans, chairman of the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce Community Safety Committee, commented that he was disappointed in the council's treatment of the citizens group.
On Easter Sunday yet another Helena-West Helena youth fell victim to violence.
Quantavavious Stringer was shot and killed while sitting on the porch of a house in the 100 block of 4th street. Three young people were arrested and and now face murder charges. Another senseless loss of the life of the victim, loss of freedom for the assailants and a life of grief for the family and friends of all involved was the end result.
On Tuesday evening several concerned citizens gathered at New Faith Baptist Church to voice their concern, outrage and grief over the all too frequent occurrence of violence and crime in the community.
Following the meeting at the church Pastor Izah Brodus led a group of approximately 50 concerned citizens to city hall where the city council was holding its monthly meeting. On arrival at city hall Pastor Brodus and his group found the council in executive session and was not allowed to enter.
After waiting for over an hour the group was allowed in and seated. Two minutes later the council adjourned their session over objections from the crowd. Mayor Jay Hollowell declared the meeting adjourned and left the council room followed by all but one of the council members. Councilman Adrian Messina remained to talk to and hear from concerned citizens.
Larry Evans, chairman of the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce Community Safety Committee, commented that he was disappointed in the council’s treatment of the citizens group.
"Two Memphis, Tennessee TV channels sent reporters from Memphis to hear and report on citizen’s safety concerns and our city council turned a deaf ear," stated Evans.
According Evans, though disappointed he is not discouraged. He said that he believes that citizens are fed up and now willing to stand up and hold elected and appointed officials accountable.