Riviera mayor has strong words for gun violence

Riviera mayor has strong words for gun violence

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The mayor of Riviera Beach is speaking out about the violence plaguing the city.

Mayor Thomas Masters has some bold ideas about how to move forward and stop the violence.

This comes after another shooting near West 33rd Street later Monday afternoon injured a man in his 50s.

Police said the shooting was domestic-related, and the man's injuries could be life threatening. The shooter left the scene.

Masters said the community needs to come together to take a stand.

He spoke out about the violence, saying the community needs to create an environment of peace and look out for young people.

Masters said police will enforce a curfew and could also implement security checkpoints.

"Drivers of vehicles that scheme to come into our city from neighboring communities to shoot and kill our youth, be warned. We will take every necessary, every necessary and legal means to keep you out. Point blank. Our entry and exit points will be secured. Smile, you might be on candid camera. A good thing to know. You never know when you might be stopped or searched," said Masters.

The mayor had some advice for parents in the community, asking them to know where your kids are at all times, know their friends and their friends' parents. 

He asked parents to check their home for suspicious items and if you notice a negative change in your child, you should seek professional help for them.

Mayor's speech on youth and gun violence

The City of Riviera Beach has been plagued with violence throughout 2016 and it is time to stand up for change!

Posted by Mayor Thomas A. Masters on Monday, December 26, 2016

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