It’s been two years since the war between two rival gangs – West Hell and the Ave – turned the end of the city’s annual West Indian Day Parade into a violent mess. One man was killed, six children were injured, and the police chief said that the city had a problem with fluid groups of young boys settling their disputes with guns.
Steve Kessler and Anthony Rinaldi are community service officers in the Clay Arsenal and Upper Albany neighborhoods. Kessler still remembers the summer of 2008. He says the gang activity now isn’t what it was. But he fears what it could be.
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