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Community Uniting Against Gangs

The Denver Post

Six years after it was forced to disband after losing major funding, the Metro Denver Gang Coalition has revived in response to the recent gang-related slaying of Denver Broncos’ cornerback Darrent Williams. The coalition, a group of more than a dozen organizations, is said to be devising new tactics and working in “unprecedented ways” with police, schools, service providers and faith-based organizations. Among the group’s pro-active innovations: dispatching mentors into neighborhoods right after incidents of youth gang violence in order to quell calls for retaliation; positioning trained adult chaperones with two-way radios at sports events between rival high schools; and raising $10,000 to revive a popular gang tattoo-removal program that closed last year due to lack of insurance coverage. March 8, http://origin.denverpost.com.

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