Victims Validated

by Alexandra Diaz | Jun 23, 2016 7:23 am | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo The last four words Quanisha Cole heard her older sister Jajuana say were: “Don’t let me die.”

Then she was rushed to hospital, where Quanisha remembers hearing her mother ask for updates until doctors delivered terrible news: Jajuana, caught in gang crossfire, had died at the age of 13. 

Quanisha, who was 11 at the time, shut down. For almost a year, she rarely spoke. She struggled with disciplinary problems in school, found herself quick to anger with her mother and siblings. She didn’t know, she said later, how she could go on.

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Staged Fight Breaks Out At Youth Summit

by Qi Xu | Jun 13, 2016 12:06 pm | Comments (1)

Qi Xu Photo Less than one minute into his workshop, Tivon Edwards found himself in trouble.

“You want a fight?” His angry peer in jeans, Perry Frazier, dashed into the room. Before anyone else could react, Edwards wrestled his challenger to the ground. Soon the pair was embroiled in an intense brawl, an irony given that Edwards was at a workshop on curbing youth violence.

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How Police Stations Became Fortresses

by Jonathan Hopkins | May 30, 2016 1:36 pm | Comments (5)

On March 31, an issue was opened on the web-based platform for reporting non-emergency issues in New Haven, SeeClickFix, in response to a point made on a WNHH Radio show by Paul Bass, editor of the New Haven Independent, about the city’s community policing district substations looking “more like fortresses than something inviting.” Within a couple of weeks, the issue garnered over 20 comments and nearly as many supporting votes to address the perception that the buildings are uninviting to the public.

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