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Jul 1, 2016

Social Scientists Say Gang Interventions Are Not Working

Greg Nunez

A recent murder on LaCroix Boulevard in Lake I suggests that a longstanding feud between the PIV and bakaland gangs is escalating. These turf wars, rivalries and retaliations have accounted for much bloodshed. In the past months, we have seen the emergency of a creature called an intervention, in which players in rival gangs are placed in one room to iron out their issues. It’s an effort led by the Southside’s top cop, Chester Williams, and includes Dianne Finnegan and Nuri Mohammed. So, is it really working? Nobody’s really sure, not even those doing the interventions, but they’re trying to do something remarkable with the violent youths of Belize City. Now, they’ve come under scrutiny from social scientists studying urban violence, including UWI anthropologist Herbert Gayle. At a recent forum, the violence experts weighed in on the interventions.

 

Greg Nunez, Social Scientist

“The constant and persistent advertising of these intervention are counterintuitive. You find that the media houses are always present and it’s not accidental. They are called by the Police because people want to say that they are doing something. You find that social media is becoming more prone to expose the identity of young men from certain communities and there is the lack of tracking that is being done by these very interventionists, identifying whether or not their intervention contributed to some degree of violence. You realize as well that many of these young men whose faces are exposed during these walk-ins to ITVET and to different areas, or to whatever venue was used. You’ll find a lot of these young men are dying. The onus is on the general public now, because of the new information that is coming out from persons who they know otherwise, that we start to show to the interventionists that people are falling because of some of the strategies that you are employing. Even if you’re going to call them to the table, there are many other ways including face covers and other methods that can be utilized. But that must be at the forefront of the intervention, realizing that the identity of these persons are important to their enemies and that you cannot guarantee at any time their safety.”

 

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2 Responses for “Social Scientists Say Gang Interventions Are Not Working”

  1. carlos says:

    First of all the media houses should STOP airing these incidents with gangs. IT’S NO NEWS AGAIN. Every time news starts the first thing you may see is incidents about gangs. Gangs like this publication about themselves. OH THEY ARE ON THE NEWS, PEOPLE ARE SEEING THEM IN T V. Media houses enough is to just mention what happened without any details, also the police, why give details. You compromise your investigation. Media and police the damage you are giving the society is much bigger than the news you provide.

  2. ems says:

    I totally agree with your blog Carlos, these thugs are given way too much negative publicity by the Police and the media.

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