Rev. Leon Kelly, An Anti-Gang Activist, Tries To Broker Peace In Denver

For years, anti-gang activist Leon Kelly has been keeping a list of those killed in gang violence. His list is growing. Since November, there have been 15 gang-related murders and several other shootings — many of them in northeast Denver.

Kelly, who runs Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, has been meeting with a group known as “The Council,” made up representatives from different gangs. He’s trying to broker a truce.  And the Denver police are putting an extra $500,000 toward reducing gang violence and federal officials are paying to install video cameras in Denver neighborhoods where gangs are battling.

Kelly spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. Here are highlights from their conversation.