Boston Cops, Clergy Meet On Antiviolence Plan

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Shots rang out on a Boston street yesterday, shortly after the police commissioner met with religious leaders to map out new tactics to help prevent a summer of bloodshed, reports the Boston Herald. No one was injured in the 3:15 p.m. shooting behind the a housing project.

“There needs to be prevention and intervention initiated by faith communities. I do not mean press conferences on the heels of funerals, but substantial, sustained outreach,” said the Rev. Eugene F. Rivers, one of nearly 30 religious and community leaders who met with Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole.

Spurred by four murders last week, O’Toole unveiled a plan that includes redoubling efforts with the police department’s faith-based partners. The Herald says this year’s murder toll is a “staggering” 22 victims.

Plans include establishing a 24-hour hotline for young people who are victims, threatened by or involved in violent crime, and want to get out;

providing faith-based outreach workers with beepers so they can be on-call for kids at risk or families who need support; peploying ministers with police to conduct home visits of “high-impact” players involved in violence; and calling on churches to put clergy workers on the street this summer to target hot spots.

Link: http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=28321

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