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Denver police lieutenant punished for ignoring warnings about gang violence before deadly shooting

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Ex-gang member’s message to young people: Don’t follow me

“It was hard time served from a wheelchair, the result of a paralyzing gunshot in the back during a violent house party. And while Rudy Salazar, 39, turned his back on the gang lifestyle, the remnants of that tumultuous time — crude tattoos that cover his face and body, aching memories of a wasted life,

Latest Unreported Drive-By Shooting Tied Into Gentrification, Activist Says

This incident hardly made big news. The drive-by went unreported by the local media until this post — and when asked if that surprises him, Reverend Leon Kelly,  the man behind Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, who’s spent decades fighting gang violence in Cole and other Denver neighborhoods, offers a humorless laugh. He clearly would

Deadly weekend in Denver metro area

DENVER, – It was a violent and deadly weekend in the Denver Metro Area. In 48 hours, five people were killed, four others were shot and one other person was stabbed. “Anytime we have a weekend like this it’s greatly concerning,” said Denver Police spokesperson Sonny Jackson. Click here for the rest of the story,

Pleading for Peace in Chicago Amid Fears of a Bloody Summer

CHICAGO — During Memorial Day weekend, this city reopens its Lake Michigan beaches, regular fireworks displays start at Navy Pier, and the downtown streets and spruced-up Riverwalk are crowded with tourists. But the holiday weekend is often seen here as the start of heightened violence as well. That has been particularly worrying this year to

Homicides in Denver hit 9-year high

Homicides in Denver hit 9-year high with 50 people killed in 2015 Denver Police Chief Robert White: “It’s not a number to me. … We realize the impact it has on a family’s life.” Click here for the rest of the article.

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