Commissioner Evans Meets With Boston Clergy to Discuss Solutions to City's Gun Violence Issues

photo courtesy of Terrence Donilon (Archdiocese of Boston)

photo courtesy of Terrence Donilon (Archdiocese of Boston)

Photo Courtesy of BPDNEWS.com

Photo Courtesy of BPDNEWS.com

Last Friday, February 28, 2014, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Chief William Gross, District C-11 Captain Richard Sexton, and District Attorney Daniel Conley met at the Teen Center at Saint Peter’s Church in Dorchester with Cardinal Sean O’Malley and other leaders of the Boston community Catholic Church to brainstorm ideas on how the Church can assist in preventing gun violence among Boston youth.  Chief Gross and DA Conley encouraged the clergy to give youngsters healthier options than turning to their “extended families” (i.e. street gangs) and gun violence.  The Commissioner stated, “Together we need to make an effort to reach out to youth who are being told not to trust the police.”  The clergy agreed that the Church and its resources are a safe and nurturing alternative to guns and gangs.