Metro Councilman Robert Duvall, who represents parts of Antioch, is hosting a meeting on Saturday to address concerns about gang-related issues in his district.
The Metro police department’s Gang Unit will be making a presentation at the program, which begins at 9 a.m. on Oct. 16 at the Spirit of Life Church on Murfeesboro Pike. A meet-and-greet begins at 8:30 a.m.
Duvall said he doesn’t believe gangs are a major problem in the area but cited a recent string of neighborhood vandalism.
“What we have is a lot of punks who like to ride around with spray cans, and they spray sidewalks and spray signs and fences, and so forth,” Duvall said. “We’ve had several subdivisions that have been tagged with graffiti.
“I thought it was time to get a gang unit to come in and talk about the markings and assure the community that they are not gang-related,” he said. “And if they are [gang-related], we want to hear that, too.”
Duvall said it’s been more than two years since he’s been able to secure Metro’s gang unit to speak to the neighborhood.