Months After Marathon Bombs, Boston Activists Focus on Local Shootings


The Boston Marathon bombings got much attention worldwide, Boston but in violence-prone neighborhoods like Roxbury and Dorchester, some say the attention has made them feel only more isolated, the New York Times reports. “Since April 15, we’re at over 115 shootings,” city council member Tito Jackson told a Boston police officer at a Roxbury community meeting last month. The tally, which has risen to at least 124, is showcased daily in an image designed to look like a marathon runner's number on, a Web site aimed at black Bostonians.

April 15 was the day bombs went off at the marathon, killing three people and wounding 260. In the nearly five months since, community activists, clergy members and others have used the mounting tally of shootings to call attention to the everyday reality of violence and to push for measures to address the weapons trafficking, gangs and mistrust between the community and the police that they believe contribute to it. Activists have called for stronger gun laws, as well as efforts to create better relationships between officers and the neighborhoods they patrol, citing a campaign by the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers to increase the number of high-ranking black police officers.

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