After the Webinar: Preventing Homicide and Gun Violence. Q&A with David Kennedy

Webinar presenter David Kennedy answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Preventing Homicide and Gun Violence. Here are just a few of his responses.


Audience Question: How does this approach to gun violence affect cities that have consent decrees in place? 

David Kennedy:  Many of the cities that we work with at the National Network of Building have or have had consent decrees: it fits really, really, really well. Communities welcome this. You can’t do this kind of work without non-law enforcement partners. By the time anything like this goes live, it has passed past scrutiny and passed muster with community organizations, non-profits, service providers, street outreach, community activists, outreach workers, and all those sorts of people and organizations. It’s nearly the exact opposite of the kind of policing that usually draws federal attention and leads to consent decrees. Practices like rampant stop-question-and-frisk, pretext stops, zero tolerance policing: those are the things that alienate communities, draw federal attention, and lead that kind of supervision. Not only that but it works much better, which communities, of course, really like. It’s a welcome substitute for that kind of toxic police practice.


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