- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

DENVER (AP) - City, state and national officials in Denver are pooling resources to fight an upsurge in gang violence.

Hours after that announcement was made at city hall, a man was shot and injured in a case police spokeswoman Christine Downs said Friday was being investigated by the gang unit. She said a dark car seen at the scene is so far the only clue in the shooting late Thursday.

Officials say plans for the new initiative include stepped-up surveillance, more reward money to encourage witnesses to cooperate with police, and closer cooperation with community and church groups who have long worked to provide young people alternatives to crime.

Gang violence “forces our residents to live in fear while putting everything our city is working for at risk,” Councilman Albus Brooks, whose district includes hard-hit neighborhoods, said in a statement released by the mayor’s office about the joint initiative.

Mayor Michael Hancock said in the statement that regional, state and federal partners were standing with his city “to help us hold those accountable for this senseless violence in our streets.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was to deploy 15 new cameras to provide 24-hour surveillance of the neighborhoods that have seen gang violence. The Denver Post reported the city would use nuisance abatement ordinances to crack down on people who own the property where gangs gather, and that planners will look at how to use street lighting and other strategies to make neighborhoods safer.

According to Police Chief Robert White, 12 of 17 homicides in Denver so far this year have been gang-related, the Post reported. White has said a round of tit-for-tat violence involving as many as four Denver street gangs began during a November confrontation at a west Denver bar during a rap concert in which three people were shot. Rapper Kevie Durham, 24, was killed.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide