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Is community-driven policing the answer to Baltimore's problems?

Is community-driven policing the answer to Baltimore's problems?

Days after a community block party, members of the Ednor Gardens-Lakeside community were awakened by dozens of gun shots that ultimately took the life of yet another 20 year-old in Baltimore, his final moments spent on a city sidewalk. His murder left many in this tight-knit community wondering if there was anything we could have done to intervene and prevent this from happening. In its aftermath, the larger question remains: Apart from calling the police, what tools are there for communities to intervene in situations and safely resolve conflicts before they escalate?

Baltimore has long struggled with how to remedy the historic and systemic deficits that have plagued our city....

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