“You have to put people in a position to believe again,” he said, walking away.
Elsewhere, citizens said they were skeptical one man could staunch the street violence. Some 343 people were killed last year, a staggering pace cited by Mayor Catherine Pugh as a reason for firing former commissioner Kevin Davis.
“It’s a really simple priority, and that’s violence reduction,” De Sousa said. “Second priority is violence reduction, and third priority is violence reduction — at accelerated pace.”