Mayor wants 'spiritual state of emergency' in Chester

Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland is looking for a 'spiritual state of emergency' in the wake of a serious uptick in gun violence on city streets and a string of homicides.

The mayor held a press conference yesterday to offer some initial solutions to the crime wave afflicting the city, including doubling the reward posted for information in several of the still-unsolved homicides.

At last Thursday's City Council meeting, the mayor and other city officials got an earful from residents who want action against violence now, including a bigger police presence on city streets.

Later this week Kirkland will meet with law enforcement officials from across the county to formulate plans to attack crime in the city, and then later in the day will hold a town hall meeting for residents.

You can get all the details on yesterday's press conference here.