jeudi 5 février 2009

# FIGHT WITH TOOLS /// Violence interrupters in Chicago

Violence interrupters are former gangs' members patrolling in Chicago's streets in night time and looking for fight scenes. In fact, these guys take advantage of not being cops to try to minimize the violence of those fights. They can, for instance, advice a man about to shoot another that beating him up would be enough or suggest to gangs that a local war would not be good for their business.
This operation could probably be considered as outlaw, but this is actually a good example of an efficient negotiation with the law, resulting to real results and Chicago's authority seems to have understood its interest in this operation.
If you are interested, you can read a long article in NY Times magazine (see picture) from may 2008.

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