Mayor Tim Kelly’s Soft-on-Crime Approach Results In Continued High Crime Rates For Chattanooga

Oct 4, 2023 | Political News

Chattanooga has long held some of the highest crime rates in Tennessee and despite 2023 projectionsshowing lower crime rates in comparison to years past, the results continue to look quite bleak. 

“Gun violence is taking a serious personal toll on people’s lives and hurting Chattanoogans’ ability to feel safe in our community,” Liberal Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly said in a statement regarding last week’s Market Street shooting. “I’m outraged at every life lost at the hands of those committing senseless, violent acts. I’m sick of it, and as mayor, I will not tolerate it.”

According to Kelly, the Market Street shooting was not the result of the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) not doing its job, but instead was the “sad reality” that proactive policing can only do so much.