Kalamazoo Police make presence felt in Edison neighborhood

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are making their presence known once again tonight in the Edison neighborhood.

It's no secret the Edison neighborhood has been a hot spot for violence during the last few months.

Calls of shots fired are on the increase, but Friday night, they had the neighborhood on lockdown for another reason.

Officers chased after a teenager who jumped off his bike after being spotted by police and ran from them through the Edison neighborhood.

Police swarmed the area and tracked down the teen, who had a warrant out for an assault.

This follows another arrest Thursday night in the Edison neighborhood, when a 15-year-old boy was arrested with a loaded handgun in his waistband.

He actually ran into the house of a stranger and tried to hide, but was tracked down.

Community leaders say the city's mindset has to change.

"We have to challenge the community not to harbor behavior that's not going to be healthy for our citizens," said Pastor Strick Strickland Sr. with the Second Baptist Church. "We have to challenge community members that say they're concerned about our community to truly put our community and what it needs before that they feel."

A violence forum is planned for Saturday night at La Crone Park in Kalamazoo at 6:00 p.m.

If it rains, the event will move to Second Baptist Church.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.