Special Investigation: Curbing Urban Gun Violence

By   Shahid Abdul-Karim, New Haven Register

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NEW HAVEN >> “Joe” once shot someone and believes that part of the impetus for gun violence in the city is self-defense.

“It’s all about force, everyone is trying to force someone else to do something their way. Youth use force in many cases to defend themselves on these streets,” said Joe.

Joe, which is not his real name, is a convicted felon in his late 20s who agreed to speak with the Register about the city’s gun violence epidemic, from his perspective.

National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers former Chairman Shafiq Abdussabur has worked on strategies aimed at reducing gun violence in New Haven for almost two decades.                                                                                                                                                   Abdussabur said a comprehensive look at urban gun violence is key.

“We need to create a 10-year comprehensive crime reduction blueprint, designed to reduce total crime with a focus on gun violence and domestic violence,”

According to the FBI, in 2013 New Haven was ranked as the 2nd Most Dangerous City for populations under 200,000 people. Flint Michigan was rank number one.

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Shahid Abdul-Karim received the 2014 Journalism Award from the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers Inc. for his outstanding coverage and reporting on stories related to urban violence.



Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur is an author, public speaker, racial profiling consultant, entrepreneur, and a law enforcement Sergeant. His unique views and approach to urban violence prevention, racial profiling prevention and community based policing have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR-Where We Live, New Haven Independent, NPR-All Things Considered, WYBC-Electric Drum, New Haven Advocate, Russian Radio, BBC, PBS, New York Daily News, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, and Al Jazeera America. His repertoire continues to grow consistently. He has appeared as a guest host on WNPR's “Where We Live.” He is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.
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