Utica residents, Police respond to local violence

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Some west Utica homeowners are afraid to walk outside their homes because of escalating violence.

Many of the homeowners on Brayton Park Place have outfitted their homes with multiple cameras which they say have recently captured the large, unruly crowds as well as guns.

One of the neighbors is a U.S. Army veteran who has completed a combat tour in Afghanistan as well as tours in Somalia.  The Compton, California native says she feels like she's still living in a war zone.

"Everyone says, protect Utica, bring it back, give back to Utica. What are we giving back to if kids can't go outside and play in the yard because guns are being fired and bullets are flying?" says Dorothy Barker.

Barker's cameras recently captured a large crowd on Brayton Park Place frantically scattering after a man pulls something from his waistband and approaches them. Barker says it was a gun.

Utica Police are aware of the problem and have been spending a lot of time on the street lately.

"Last night was a full gamut of calls, it was large, disorderly groups, it was for fighting, there was a report of someone running with a gun," says UPD Sgt. Steve Hauck.

Neighbors are frustrated by what they believe is lack of real action by police. 

UPD officials say they come when called and have been there many times recently. But Sgt. Hauck says that permanent fixes take longer.

"We started a nuisance abatement investigation back in July. Unfortunately, it takes time," said Hauck.

"There's a process that has to be done before any kind of nuisance abatement can be done there."

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