"Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship and the End Of Violence In Inner-City America" is a must read (well, maybe a you-really-ought-to-read) around City Hall and Police HQ these days.
"It's something that caught my attention," said City Manager Tom Bonfield. After he read it, Bonfield bought copies for City Council members. Bonfield said Police Chief Jose L. Lopez has also bought copies for his command staff.
"There's a lot of people looking at it," Bonfield said.
The book, published in October, is a memoir by David M. Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. It chronicles Kennedy's first-hand research into gang culture, its neighborhoods and police tactics and lays out his ideas to cutting youth violence.
Those ideas have been tested, with positive results, in several cities including Boston and High Point. To read an excerpt from "Don't Shoot" and an interview with the author, go to http://bit.ly/i7lJo5.
After Durham saw its 26th homicide of 2011 in December, Mayor Bill Bell said that number was "unacceptable" and called for Lopez to take "a different direction" to prevent violent crime.
Since then, Bonfield said, he, Bell, Lopez, County Manager Mike Ruffin, Sheriff Mike Andrews, county commissioners' Chairman Michael Page and East Durham residents have met twice "to talk about gun violence and options out there."