Approximately 10 months after taking over the Riviera Beach police department, Police Chief Nathan Osgood is not happy with the number of fatal shootings in the community.
There have been 14 so far in 2020 (5 more than in 2019), and 7 of those remain unsolved.
On Saturday Chief Osgood held a “Stop the violence” march, canvass, and rally to reclaim the streets. And he brought a lot of backup.
Police officers from Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office helped Riviera Beach police march and canvass neighborhoods plagued with gun violence.
They canvassed from Cunningham Park to Goodmark Park to Monroe Heights Park from 8-10 a.m.
They then rallied at Cunningham Park where officers and deputies held signs depicting victims.
Relatives and people impacted by gun violence discussed the importance of coming forward and combating gun violence.
Chief Osgood says he hopes the march results in closing the 7 cases that are still open.
He says this is not the end. He will hold another march and canvass in the very near future if arrests aren’t made and he plans to visit schools.
WPTV multimedia journalist Todd Wilson served as emcee for the event.