ST. LOUIS, MO. - Neighbors in St. Louis' Shaw neighborhood, fed up with violence on one particular corner, are organizing to get criminals locked up.
They're raising money to outfit that problem spot with security cameras.
The neighbors decided to bypass the bureaucracy of going through the city and fast-track their efforts for some immediate action. But not everybody supports the idea of a watchful eye on that corner.
What happened at the corner of Shaw and Klemm has led to many things like marches and a memorial.
It's where a police report spells out how 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers pointed a gun and fired at an officer and died when the officer shot back.
Since then, it's been the site of more violence, a fatal double-shooting last month as well as another shooting the month before that broke out during a memorial service for Myers.
Tim Horwedel says enough is enough.
“Our goal in this project is to sort of identify people who were involved in major crimes and get them locked up, get them out of our community,” said Horwedel.
Horwedel is an organizer of the effort to raise 4 thousand dollars to equip Shaw and Klemm with a camera system to be hooked into the city's network of cameras, the real-time crime center.
The advantage of citizens' chipping in, “Speed,” said Horwedel. “In working through the city, there's a lot of time, there's a lot of steps involved and by doing this as a community funded project, we can get it done in under four weeks.”
Not everyone at the fundraiser Monday night had made up their minds as they weigh safety with privacy.
“I just want to feel like, you know, we're as safe as we can be, but still recognize the right of, you know, my neighbors,” said Shaw Resident Steve Kidwell.
That includes neighbors like Rodney Hudson, who lives on the corner of Shaw and Klemm.
“I don't think they're going to prevent anything,” he said.
The organizers were taking donations at the fundraiser Monday night, but they've also put together a go-fund-me campaign.
At least check, they've collected $3,400 of the $4,000 needed.
They hope to have the cameras up by the end of the year.