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Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America Paperback – October 2, 2012
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David M. Kennedy is the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College. Kennedy has received two Webber Seavey awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, two Innovations in American Government awards from the Kennedy School of Government, and a Herman Goldstein Problem-Oriented Policing Award. His work has been used as a model or source for safety and drug intervention initiatives by the Clinton and Bush administrations, and by the Bureau of Justice. Kennedy lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Ultimately, compelling and groundbreaking are words that do not do this book justice, but it's both. Get it, read it, give it to someone else.
(A minor point but an important one if you are concerned about it being too academic. It reads like a story, which it is, and it must have driven the editor crazy with its almost conversational narrative style.
"Don't Shoot" might be the "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" of the War On Crime. Like T.E. Lawrence's idiosyncratic masterpiece, "Don't Shoot" deploys a highly intelligent and unorthodox author/protagonist---a renegade intellectual turned man of action---a strong narrative drive, acute and colorful character sketches, bravura descriptive passages, and an entirely original analysis. Like "Seven Pillars," it is a book about a journey to There: in this case to the crime-blighted minority inner city where the average white American never goes, mainly because the average white American feels pretty confident of what he would find if he did go.
But although Kennedy writes as an expert on There, his message home is that There is a socially constructed illusion. Kennedy mobilizes the traditions of the imperial adventure tale to show us what we should have known already: that everyone involved in the inner city crime crisis has more in common with each other than anyone involved has in common with anyone else. He shows that the cops, the shooters, the victims, the families, the communities, all start from the same human place. These are similar people trapped in extreme circumstances, not a radically and permanently different type of person. Kennedy shows how many features of the inner city wasteland of our public discourse---e.g.Read more ›
pursued what he felt viscerally must happen to rectify the misguided if well intentioned efforts to bring violent crime in inner cities under control.
It required the cooperation of police departments, leaders in the affected communities, the judicial system and the criminals themselves, no easy task but one that David has amazingly managed to achieve,
gradually, painstakingly gaining the trust and willingness of each of these groups. This method has been successfully employed in over seventy cities and counting.
Read this book. You'll be glad you did.
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Read for a promotion. It's an Easy read. Some very interesting ideas. My chief is going to try implementing it soonPublished 2 months ago
A reasonable approach toward making neighborhoods safe. Worth studying and trying to implement by local communities. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Beth Wilson
Passionate, brilliant, surprising.. I can't say enough good things about this book. No, on the whole police aren't racist. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Badger
A well written book that has one of the best chapters ever "Across the Race Divide" about the folks who live in the hood, the police, and why each thinks the way they do. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Timothy L. Freund
It was good but about twice as long as it should have been.Published 12 months ago by Andrew A. Hall
I'd been looking for these answers for so many years. Must read to understand urban povery, crime and good intentions.Published 12 months ago by K. Gibb