Victim's Relatives Want Better Lighting, Mayor Working on it

Another crime initiative has been launched in Shreveport. Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover makes the announcement at the Police Department and refers to the recent shootings, one of them on Linden Street where a seventeen year old was gunned down in his own driveway, he's recovering at LSU Hospital. When Kenneth Hawkins' son was shot in his driveway, he says the assailants came out of nowhere. They likely used the cover of darkness provided by inoperative street lights. Across town residents, sick of violence marched down Frederick Street, where nine year old Treveon Hunter was gunned down recently. "We need more street lights for safety," says one of the marchers. "They want the cover of darkness but just like all roaches when we shine the light on them, and we bring good people out to do good things then we make a difference and run them off," says Mayor Glover. Some lights are maintained by the city, while many street lights are maintained by SWEPCO, Glover has been in contact with SWEPCO and says the lights on both Linden and Frederick will be repaired by tomorrow (Friday). "But we just want to be more vigilant in getting them reported," says Glover. SWEPCO does periodic checks on lights, but it also operates on a complaint basis, so if you have lights out on your street you can call SWEPCO at 1-888-216-3523, but you have to have a couple of items of information first, like a pole number, you find that right on the pole, it will say SWEPCO, and you need a street name and maybe a cross street. The city says many times the lights are shot out. "They don't want to be seen," says Mayor Glover. But Glover appears to be ready to flip the switch. "There's also some technology that gives you, for the lack of a better term, a bullet proof light, we're looking at it as a possibility as well," says Glover. While lighting is not covered in the latest crime fighting initiative, it is on the radar of the cities leaders.