NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — 10 On Your Side is pressing for answers from Norfolk police, city leaders, and Old Dominion University administration about what’s being done to address violence near campus.
Someone shot and killed Joseph Bose, 20, early Saturday morning at the intersection of West 35th Street and Killam Avenue, according to Norfolk Police.
Bose’s family said he had been visiting friends at ODU.
His death is the latest episode of violence in the area during October. Two weeks prior, a sailor was shot and killed and gunfire injured four ODU students at off-campus parties.
Tuesday, just days before Bose’s death, the city council addressed the issue.
“I’ve voiced my frustration on this for many, many years,” said councilwoman Theresa Whibley. “It’s not getting any better. We’re seeing way too much crime.”
Both the city manager and mayor assure Whibley they’re addressing the issue.
“We have a plan of action that I believe ODU is pleased with,” says Marcus Jones, Norfolk’s city manager. “We just would like to spend some more time with it before we go out into the neighborhoods with it.”
Mayor Paul Fraim says after the sailor’s death, Norfolk’s police chief met with ODU’s president and other officials to develop that plan, which he calls a holistic approach.
“The chief is developing a very sophisticated plan,” said Fraim. “Before we come out of the box, we want to make sure we do it right.”
City councilman Andy Protogyrou fired back at the city manager and mayor.
“I don’t think you have time. You’ve got Halloween coming up, we know that it’s going to be a weekend of parties at Old Dominion,” Protogyrou said. “I don’t think we have time to wait.”
Fraim assured council police would have increased police presence over the holiday weekend.
Jones tells council he can “assure you, it’s very different today than it was two weeks ago.”
Five days later, Bose was dead.
The juxtaposition of council’s discussion of the plan and Bose’s death is tragic, Protogyrou said.
“Do they have it in place now? I want to see it, I want to know it, and I think I demanded it. And having demanded it, I think the city has an obligation to produce it,” he said.
Norfolk Police spokesman Daniel Hudson said the department had a plan in place to address Halloween weekend around campus, but that it involved extra patrols and resources, just as any other time the department sees an uptick in crime in a particular area.
City spokeswoman Lori Crouch also said there was no specific plan, but that ODU, police, and the city collaborate on a number of programs to combat violence.
Protogyrou doesn’t buy the idea that there is no bigger plan, and hopes there will be one that involves a heavier police presence, monitoring of social media, and community leaders engaging with students.
“It should be everything from code enforcement to parking enforcement,” Protogyrou said. “You can almost look at it like a broken windows type of policing. […] Is a police officer on every corner going to deter it? I don’t know, but it’s got to be better than where we are.”
City council meets Tuesday, November 10. Protogyrou said he will press Fraim and Jones for answers about a plan for ODU then.
Bose’s family is expected to address the media in Norfolk Tuesday afternoon.
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