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Public input meeting scheduled Wednesday to address downtown safety

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 19:14:07-04

The Omaha Downtown Improvement District organization will be hosting a meeting Wednesday, June 6th to discuss security concerns in the downtown area following Saturday night's fatal shooting. 

20-year-old Jasmine Harris was killed Saturday when a shooter fired into a crowd outside Gene Leahy Mall near 11th and Farnam. Several others were hit by bullets in the disturbance.

Wednesday's meeting will focus on changes that can be made to prevent future instances from occurring. Solutions being considered include creating an underage curfew for downtown, adding lighting in areas near Gene Leahy Mall and increasing private security patrols in the area. 

Holly Barrett with the Omaha Downtown Improvement District says the organization is already making moves to double or triple the number of private security guards in the downtown area for the month June. 

Typically, there would be 2-4 guards working. That number will double or triple depending on the size of crowds expected in the area.

The public is invited to attend Wednesday's meeting to address security. It will he held from 5-7 p.m. at 1415 Meeting Space near 15th and Harney. The Mayor's Office as well Omaha Police Department representatives will also attend.