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Denver Shooting: Shootout At Colorado Motorcycle Expo Leaves One Dead, Multiple People Wounded

Motorcycle clubs blamed for violence Saturday at Colorado Motorcycle Expo at National Western Complex.

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In Denver, duo forms unlikely alliance to counter gang violence

Haroun Cowans and Trey Staples planned a sports tournament for people with gang ties. There was basketball, barbecue – and some unexpected challenges.

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Here is a link to the Impact Empowerment Group’s Facebook page for more information!

Police: Gang members thought boy, 9, was warning rivals and killed him

When we read an article like this, we have to wonder how skewed someone’s moral compass is that they thought it alright to gun down and kill a 9-year child. Although this happened in Chicago, the issue is real and can happen here in Denver, if we don’t continue to work against this kind of violence in our communities. Don’t discount the brutality associated with survival. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family ofAntonio Smith, Jr. and the Chicago community for having to endure such violence and pain.

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Two Denver Area Gang Members Receive Prison Sentences for Firearm and Drugs Crimes

The two cases are unrelated – but demonstrate the lengthy prison sentences being handed down to dangerous individuals with weapons

DENVER – Two individuals who are self-proclaimed gang members have been sentenced by federal judges to lengthy prison sentences for gun and drug crimes, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Ken Croke announced.  The defendants, whose cases are unrelated, Jonathan Fricks, age 35, and Jesse Garis, age 32, both of Metro Denver, were prior felons caught with guns and drugs, as well as drug distribution paraphernalia.

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Denver jury finds anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts not guilty

Open Door has been in business for 30+ years and it hasn’t been easy. Not everyone wants to see us helping reduce gang violence and recruitment. It’s not the easiest life to lead when you’re an anti-gang activist and organization. We are truly thankful that Terrance Roberts was acquitted.

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Anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts wipes his eyes as he leaves the court room after his attempted first-degree murder case is over. "Not guilty" on all counts. Denver, CO October 09, 2015 (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts wipes his eyes as he leaves the court room after his attempted first-degree murder case is over. “Not guilty” on all counts. Denver, CO October 09, 2015 (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Summer of Peace: A Generational Fight Against Gangs in Denver

Makia Peevy joined the hundred or so marchers calling for peace. Her father was gunned down in April outside his Denver home, and shots fired at mourners gathering for his funeral weeks later killed one of her cousins. Police linked both deaths to gang violence.

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