(KMOV) – City leaders, law enforcement officials and citizens banded together in East St. Louis Saturday to march against city violence.
The march began at the East St. Louis School Administration Building and went to city hall.
The city experienced 30 homicides in 2011 and currently has four this year.
Police Chief Michael Floore says the city needs to go back to tradition and start having neighborhood watches again to cut down the hostility.
Mayor Alvin Parks says they city unemployment problem needs to be addressed because desperation leads to violence.
Others say violence is a culture which begins at home.