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The Brian Lehrer Show

East Flatbush Violence: Community Leaders React

Friday, March 15, 2013

Details surrounding the shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray in East Flatbush are still emerging. And in the wake of the incident, protests and rioting have touched on larger issues of youth violence, police tactics, and economic development. We convene a conversation with Pastor Gilford Monrose, Mt. Zion Church of God (7th Day), activist and community liaisonShanduke McPhatter of G-M.A.C.C. Inc. (Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc.); and Eric Waterman, president of East Flatbush Village, a community youth services organization.

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WNYC News

After Death of LES Teen, Family of 17-Year-Old Suspect Speaks Out

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

“Two kids in the wrong place at the wrong time who both lost their lives. I mean one fatally, and one to the system.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stop Killing

Friday, October 14, 2011

David M. Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and author of Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, talks about his search for a solution to urban street violence, resulting in the "Boston Miracle," where youth homicide dropped by two-thirds.

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The Takeaway

Chicago Gang Life: A Former Gang Member's Own Take

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We're following up on a story we did yesterday, from the perspective of Chicago funeral home owner Spencer Leak Sr., about the challenges Chicago is facing in combatting gun and gang violence. On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a Chicago ban on handgun ownership, a move that divided city residents. Some Chicagoans were thrilled, and say the ability to own a handgun makes them feel safer. Others say even more people will lose their lives. Why is gun violence such a problem in Chicago? The Chicago Police Department says that gang activity was involved in 74 percent of murders in the first five months of 2010. 80 people were shot and thirteen killed over the past two weekends in the city.

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The Takeaway

Philadelphia Cracking Down on Flash Mobs

Friday, March 26, 2010

At least four times in the last year, Philadelphia has been taken over by flash mobs made up of massive numbers of teenagers who congregate in one place at the same time. The gatherings are usually coordinated through text messaging, Twitter, or other electronic means. It sounds innocent, (and indeed, most flash mobs are utterly benign) but lately, the gatherings in Philadelphia have taken a violent turn, resulting in injuries and damage to properties and businesses.

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