By Shahid Abdul-Karim, New Haven Register
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.