Hodge shooting press conference

Carlisle Police Chief Taro Landis speaks Tuesday during a news conference announcing charges against Christopher Jaquell Williams, 25, of Harrisburg, in the shooting death of 35-year-old Rhyhiem Hodge.

Joshua Vaughn, The Sentinel

A Monday town hall is a call to action for the men of Carlisle.

The town hall will be held at 7 p.m. at the borough hall, 53 W. South St., and is sponsored by Mayor Tim Scott.

Carlisle Police Chief Taro Landis said the meeting would not be a “feel-good” rally, but a time to talk about the issues that need to be addressed in the community and engage in a guided discussion on what can be done before a crisis occurs.

“We need to have hard conversations now,” Landis said.

The conversation will give people the opportunity to think about the problems in the town and encourage them men of Carlisle to come up with the answers.

One potential answer could be a mentorship program.

“We want to get the men involved in our young men’s lives,” Landis said.

The town hall is intended to be the first in a series. Future plans include a town hall for women or community leaders. However, this time around, Landis is looking for the men in town to “step in and step up” to think about how they can influence the youth in the community before they get into trouble and make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.

“We have a chance of making a difference. We can make a difference if we try. We don’t have to settle,” he said.

Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.

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